State fines New Castle Co. for sewage spill

January 18, 2008 5:39:25 AM PST
The state is fining New Castle County $10,000 for an August sewage spill that killed thousands of fish in the White Clay Creek. The state is also seeking $1,500 from the county to cover the costs of the investigation.

State environmental regulators say a burned out control switch allowed a pumping station to overflow into a tributary of the creek for about 12 hours. A malfunctioning alarm signal failed to alert maintenance workers to the problem.

Up to 8 million gallons of sewage spilled into the creek.

The county has 30 days to contest the penalty.

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Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal, http://www.delawareonline.com


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