MARSHALL, Mich. (AP) — State health officials say chemicals in surface water from a 2010 oil spill on the Kalamazoo River in southwestern Michigan are expected to cause no long-term harm to people during recreational activities like wading, swimming or canoeing.
The Michigan Department of Community Health on Monday released a public health assessment for portions of the river impacted by the spill in Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties.
The report says contact with oil sheen and globules may cause skin irritation.
More than 800,000 gallons of oil spewed into the river and a tributary creek after an underground pipeline operated by Enbridge Inc., ruptured near Marshall.
Officials also say tests on fish in the river, the Ceresco Impoundment and Morrow Lake show very low levels of oil-related chemicals.