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Oil Refinery Spill Cleanup In Paulsboro, NJ Nears Completion

By David Madden

PAULSBORO, N.J. (CBS) -- The cleanup of last week's massive oil spill in Paulsboro (Gloucester County), New Jersey is just about complete.

Neighbors around the Paulsboro Refining Company have had to deal with the smell of oil for days (see related story). In fact, the odor from Thursday's spill of more than six million gallons of oil wafted for miles -- across the tri-state area.

But most of that odor should be gone by now, according to Larry Hajna with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

"There are a few pools of product that remain to be cleaned up, but the vast majority of the oil has been removed," he tells KYW Newsradio.

There was never a threat to public health or the environment, officials say, given that the oil was contained on site.

But they will still have to clean up the ground around where the product was penned in, and that could take a while.

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