60,000-gallon sewage leak on U.S. Navy base poses no ‘significant’ health threat

VIRGINIA BEACH — A 60,000-gallon liquid sewage leak on a U.S. Navy base poses no “significant” threat to public health, officials say.

Security officers at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story discovered sewage leaking into the harbor at the Navy base around 4 a.m. on Thursday. Officials determined that the leak was accidental, beginning after a pipe ruptured at a pump station.

The leak was stopped by 8:30 a.m. and cleanup is underway. Although Navy officials don’t yet know what caused the pipe to break, they are assessing the situation for future repairs and a possible replacement of the pipeline, the release states.

“Naval facilities personnel took immediate action to isolate the ruptured pipe and contain the discharge and notified the National Response Center and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality,” Capt. Dean VanderLey, the commanding officer for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic, wrote in the release.

“We are committed to the health and safety of our communities where we live and work.”

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