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UC Berkeley Reopens Building After Fuel Spill

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Spill containment efforts at Strawberry Creek near UC Berkely (CBS)

Spill containment efforts at Strawberry Creek near UC Berkely (CBS)

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BERKELEY (CBS/AP) – University of California, Berkeley officials have reopened a campus building that was closed after 1,700 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from a basement storage tank into a nearby creek.

School spokeswoman Janet Gilmore on Monday said Stanley Hall had been deemed safe by officials and reopened at 7:30 a.m. in time for finals.

A number of agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, have joined university officials in cleaning up the spill.

Much of the fuel flowed into Strawberry Creek, which runs through campus and is home to many plants and wildlife.

KCBS’ Melissa Culross Reports:

Some of it by Sunday night reached the San Francisco Bay.

A campus police officer on Saturday discovered the spill after noticing a strange odor coming from the creek.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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