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Oil leak brings cleanup crew to First Street in DeKalb

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 12:55 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 2, 2014 8:58 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – An environmental cleanup crew near the Kishwaukee River is dealing with hydraulic oil leaking from a malfunctioning elevator at Northern Public Radio's main office.

Crews from Trans Environmental Ltd. were called to the building at 801 N. First St. as a precautionary measure on Thursday because oil was leaking into sump pits in the building.

With rain in the forecast, the crew was removing the oil to prevent the sump pumps from discharging any of the water into the Kishwaukee River.

Northern Public Radio General Manager Staci Hoste said the crew brought in a water containment system until full diagnostics can be run, and the problem can be resolved.

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