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Christiansburg agrees to fine over chlorine leak

Monday - 7/16/2012, 3:40am  ET

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - The town of Christiansburg has agreed to pay $15,000 in fines and reimbursements stemming from a chlorine leak that killed thousands of fish.

A proposed settlement was reached between the town and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

The Roanoke Times ( http://bit.ly/NB4nLV) reports workers at the town's wastewater treatment plant were attempting to locate a leak suspected of causing high volumes of storm water to be released into Crab Creek on April 10. Chlorinated water that was placed in the system as a way of pinpointing the leak escaped into the creek. About 2,250 fish were killed over a half-mile stretch.

The facility agreed to use a non-toxic dye to conduct future tests as part of the agreement.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com


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