COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A federal agency has fined a South Carolina utility for a sewage spill that contaminated the Saluda River near Columbia.
The State newspaper reported Thursday the U.S. Environmental Protection agency has fined Alpine Utilities $14,000 for a July 2008 spill.
The state Department of Health and Environmental Control ordered a $25,000 fine last year because of the spill.
Wastewater was found in a five-mile stretch of the river, including a popular whitewater rapids stretch near Riverbanks Zoo.
The newspaper reported that Alpine president Robin Dial couldn't be reached Wednesday. The company did not immediately respond to a phone message early Thursday.
The company said earlier that repairs at a plant had taken longer than expected and officials didn't realize that treatment had been inadequate.
Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com