Officials Clean Up Diesel Fuel Spill at Drake University

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By Ellen Kurt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Officials are cleaning up a diesel fuel spill at Drake University that drained into a nearby creek.

The state Department of Natural Resources says 35 gallons of diesel fuel spilled Tuesday morning from a portable fuel tank onto the university's ground. The fuel entered a storm drain that goes into Closes Creek.

Officials say they utilized absorbent material on the affected area and applied booms across the creek. Clean Harbors, an environmental contractor onsite for other work, assisted the university.

DNR spokesman Dave Perry says residual material from the spill is not expected to affect the water.

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