Hundreds of dead fish found after bleach spill

Thursday, March 21, 2013 4:33 PM
Last updated 9:04 PM
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An accidental spill that sent 300 gallons of bleach into a storm drain last week appears to have caused a fish kill in a tributary of Rocky Creek, according to the Augusta Utilities Depart­ment.

An initial investigation of the March 15 accident yielded no evidence of damage to the ditch, which crosses Georgia Highway 56 and empties into Rocky Creek.

Department officials who conducted a follow-up survey, however, found three dead fish Tuesday and notified Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources, said Allen Saxon, the department’s assistant director for facility operations.

State biologists who conducted a more extensive assessment recovered about 300 dead fish, Saxon said.

The spill occurred at the department’s Peach Orchard Road office when a pump failed to turn off after loading 12.5 percent bleach solution from a large tank into a smaller one.

Cleanup crews added a dechlorination agent to the storm drain and flushed the area with water to push the chemical through the system.

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Young Fred
Young Fred 03/21/13 - 06:09 pm


nocnoc 03/21/13 - 08:26 pm
Story as written

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Article published : Thursday, March 21, 2013 4:33 PM
and Last updated 8:09 PM

Well it takes some reading (a few times ) to understand.

If I understand correctly:

Who: Augusta Utilities Depart­ment (our own overnment)
What: 12.5 percent bleach solution
When: Actual incident date not shown, only investigation date
Where: Peach Orchard Road office NO Address given
Why: Some one not monitoring a hazardous chemical transfer.

OTHER: worried about a Ditch?

RESULTS: GA-DNR or EPA will fine Augusta for the Fish kill and discharge of hazardous chem in to a water way.

King Fred to call for a Clean up Tax.

Lessons learned: GA-DNR Staff can count better than ARC Staff.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 03/22/13 - 09:25 am
Good Analysis, nocnoc

Here's the link to the original story:

Tank Overflow

Automatic chemical transfer operations are risky. You can go several years without a mishap; but one day your level transmitter is going to fail and you will overfill the tank. But, then again, the money saved by not having human intervention with transfer operations may well be more than the money paid out in fines for the fish kill. It's an economic cost/benefit consideration.

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