Initial tests indicate no harmful biological substances on ship docked in Port Newark

Initial tests for potentially hazardous material on a ship docked off the New Jersey coast have turned out to be negative.On Friday, Coast Guard officials docked the Argentinean vessel, the Rio Puelo, in Port Newark and carefully tested five crates of lemons for harmful biological material. The tests indicate no known harmful biological substance onboard the ship. Coast Guard officials say the goal is to fumigate the inside of the containers without opening them and to transport the containers to the incinerator. The fumigation and incineration process will take about five days. In addition, investigators will conduct forensic tests to see if a biological hazard ever existed in the containers.

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