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Company fined $6,100 for Naugatuck River oil spill

February 27, 2019

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has fined a Connecticut company $6,100 for an oil spill that left the Naugatuck River covered in a sheen for days last year.

The Republican-American reports that Global Brass and Copper agreed to pay the fine and take measures to prevent another spill.

The January 2018 spill came from the company’s Somers Thin Strip plant in Waterbury.

EPA spokesman John Senn says a valve on an external cooling tank ruptured, likely from extreme cold. He says the company has since remodeled so the valve is no longer outside and updated its spill prevention plan.

A company attorney says the ruptured valve was noticed within 30 minutes and workers took “immediate action” to address the problem.

Naugatuck River Revival Group founder Kevin Zak called the fine “shameful.”

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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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