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State official says Dan River oil spill impact is minimal

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DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - A spokesman for Virginia's environmental agency says a motor oil spill will have minimal impact on the Dan River.

Bill Hayden of the state Department of Environmental Quality tells the Danville Register & Bee that "we didn't have anything too serious" in Monday's spill.

Officials say a malfunctioning valve on top of an oil tank at a Danville automobile dealership caused the release of about 400 gallons of motor oil. Up to 100 gallons seeped into the Dan River because of that day's rainy weather. A contractor will handle the cleanup.

Hayden said the DEQ will continue to investigate and determine what can be done to prevent a spill from happening again.

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