- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

LUKE, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Department of the Environment inspector is recommending enforcement action against a western Maryland paper mill where a chemical spill discolored the Potomac River.

The report signed Friday by inspector Charles Hatfield concludes Memphis, Tennessee-based Verso Corp. violated environmental regulations by failing to prevent the spill of about 9,500 gallons of synthetic latex in Luke Sept. 23.

Verso said Monday the spill did not violate its permit conditions. The company says it’s seeking clarification of the statute cited in Hatfield’s report.

The spill went through a wastewater treatment plant before reaching the river. Concern about its effects prompted two West Virginia communities to temporarily close their drinking water intakes.

Environmental regulators haven’t decided whether to take enforcement action. The company could be fined up to $10,000.


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