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July 29, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — School officials are pledging West Street School's oil spill cleanup will be complete before students return to school in September.

Maintenance Director Michael Comeau said last week he's waiting for state Department of Environmental Protection approval for the project's contractor to start removing around 200 yards of oil-contaminated soil, most of it under the basement floor. He said around 300 gallons was spilled when a pump pressure gauge ruptured.

Ironically, the school had just replaced all but that one gauge about 45 days ago. He noted it can be hard to see damage before leaks happen; some similar gauges are still working fine and were installed in the 1960s.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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