- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

NEW MARTINSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - State environmental officials have fined New Martinsville about $5,000 for a July oil spill at the city’s hydroelectric plant.

The state Department of Environmental Protection levied the penalty in a consent order earlier this month.

On July 10, oil spilled from a malfunctioning turbine at the plant and caused a plume in the Ohio River visible 7 miles downstream.

The consent order requires submitting plans within 20 days to make repairs and control contamination.

It also requires submitting stormwater and groundwater protection plans for approval within 30 days.

New Martinsville Mayor Keith Nelsen signed the consent order, which waives the city’s right to appeal.

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