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Coast Guard Investigates Unknown Sheen in Lake Ontario

A sheen is visible from the air in Lake Ontario near the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba, New York, approximately 10 miles northeast of Oswego, New York, June 26, 2016. (Photo: Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Laughlin)
A sheen is visible from the air in Lake Ontario near the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba, New York, approximately 10 miles northeast of Oswego, New York, June 26, 2016. (Photo: Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Laughlin)

SCRIBA, N.Y. — The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating an unknown sheen in Lake Ontario.

Officials responded Sunday to a report of a sheen in Lake Ontario near the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba, New York, about 40 miles north of Syracuse.

A Coast Guard Auxiliary air crew had noticed it during a flight and reported it. The cause is unknown.

The Coast Guard says it has set up a temporary safety zone extending two miles to the north and two miles to the east and west from the power plant.

A boat crew has taken samples of the sheen, and is enforcing the safety zone.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation also is on the scene.

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