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January 20, 2011

EPA to seek divers for sunken Lake Champlain tug

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is getting ready to solicit bids from companies to have a diver explore a sunken tugboat in Lake Champlain that could contain thousands of gallons of fuel oil.

The EPA is hoping a diver can descend 160-feet to the tug William McAllister in late May and go into the engine room and check the tanks for fuel. The fear is the tanks could leak.

The McAllister sunk five miles south of Port Kent, N.Y., in November 1963 after it hit a reef. Over the years there have been reports of an oil sheen above the wreck.

Last summer the EPA sent a remote operated vehicle to the McAllister as part of a process that could lead to any remaining fuel being pumped out.

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