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Christiansburg agrees to pay $15,000 for fish kill

Monday - 7/23/2012, 6:59am  ET

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

Christiansburg and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality have reached a proposed settlement in connection with the April incident, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Workers at the town's wastewater-treatment plant were attempting to locate a leak suspected of causing high volumes of stormwater to be released into Crab Creek on April 10. Crews put chlorinated water in the system in an attempt to pinpoint the location of the stormwater leak. About 2,250 fish were killed over a half-mile stretch.

The plant agreed to use a nontoxic dye for future tests.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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