WVa enviro officials propose $92k fine for 2 state fisheries

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia regulators are proposing $92,300 in fines for environmental violations at two state fisheries.

A Department of Environmental Protection consent order spells out proposed fines against Division of Natural Resources fisheries in Pendleton and Pocahontas counties.

The order says the Pendleton fishery polluted Reeds Creek several times from 2011 to 2015. From January 2012 through July 2015, inspectors noted five major violations, 18 moderate ones and 21 minor ones there.

For example, the fishery released 15 to 650 times more fecal coliform than it was allowed in five monthly averages.

The Division of Natural Resources responded that it removed sediments from a settling pond and made other improvements at the Pendleton fishery.

The order says the Pocahontas fishery operated without a permit from February 1999 to September 2014.

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