- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) - State officials are working to determine how much to penalize Dayton after a chemical discharge in the town’s water treatment plant killed about 1,200 fish last fall.

The Daily News-Record reports (https://bit.ly/1M6IO73 ) Bill O’Brien, Dayton’s interim town manager, says a valve failure allowed about 2,000 gallons of a detergent solution, used to clean the plant’s pipes, vessels, filters and other equipment, to enter Cooks Creek.

A Virginia Department of Environmental Quality report says the discharge, which was reported Sept. 23, killed 1,262 fish and two tadpoles.

DEQ spokeswoman Karen Hensley says the agency will present the town with a draft consent order, outlining the cost to replace the fish, as well as a penalty imposed for the violation.

It’s unclear how much of a penalty the town could face.


Information from: Daily News-Record, https://www.dnronline.com

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