CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Two spills of partially treated drinking water from a water treatment plant will cost the city of Chesapeake more than $7,700 in environmental fines.
The city agreed to pay the fines under a proposed settlement with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
Most of the money would go to the Elizabeth River Project to help pay for development of a nature park in Portsmouth. The State Water Control Board is expected to approve the settlement next month.
Chesapeake water resources administrator Craig Maples tells The Virginian-Pilot ( http://bit.ly/KRWVHe) that the water spills didn't involve chemicals or other pollutants. But they were a violation of the city's permit.
The spills occurred in April and July 2010. An unknown amount of partially treated water reached the Elizabeth River.
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com
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