US fines SC utility for sewage spill in river

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,

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