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Posted on: 06/02/2012

Oil SpillThe Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) today continued with its efforts to ensure that the clean up operation that started yesterday, following an oil spill from an adjacent site at Wied Santa Katerina, limits of Mosta, is carried out sensitively and successfully concluded in the shortest period of time.

Yesterday afternoon, Mepa officers immediately went on site following a report by the Police Department that an oil spill from a 45-gallon drum in an adjacent yard at Wied Santa Katerina had occurred. MEPA officers immediately assessed the extent of the spill and took all the necessary steps to ensure that the spill will be contained. Following the implementation of these measures, the Authority started to co-ordinate a full operation to ensure that the clean up will be carried out in an environmentally safe manner and that all wastes arising from this clean up will be managed appropriately and to avoid further adverse impacts on the valley system.

In order to ensure that the clean up is carried out professionally and with the utmost urgency, Mepa called in a private company which has the expertise and appropriate equipment to deal with similar situations, to assist in the operation. The Authority can confirm that up to this afternoon most of the oil has been successfully removed.

The operator of the yard is fully cooperating with the Authorities and will be covering the costs of the entire operation.

Mepa will consider what appropriate action to take against the operator after the clean up operation within the valley is completed.