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Owners of damaged boats to receive pollution notices

Coast Guard pollution-response teams will begin leaving notices to owners of vehicles, vessels or tanks that are potential pollution threats to the marine environment in New York and New Jersey.

Working with local marinas and municipalities, the teams will search for damaged or displaced vehicles, vessels or tanks that could contain oil or hazardous substances. If the teams discover such hazards, they will attach red warning stickers with contact information prompting owners to take urgent action.

Owners who find a sticker on their vehicle, vessel or tank should contact the Coast Guard Incident Command Post at (347) 515-6418.

“Because these damaged tanks and vessels threaten both the marine environment and public health, we want to work quickly to identify the owners and reduce negative impact,” said Coast Guard Commander Eric Doucette, federal on-scene coordinator for the pollution response.

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