Chemical spill suspected cause of fish kill in creek in Hopewell

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HOPEWELL, Virginia — State regulators suspect a chemical spill is the cause of a fish kill in a creek in Hopewell.

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Bill Hayden says about 5,500 pounds of ammonium carbonate spilled at Honeywell International's plant in Hopewell on Monday night.

Hayden tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch ( ) that all but 600 pounds of the chemical was contained in a treatment lagoon. The remainder went into Gravelly Run.

Several hundred fish were found dead in the creek Tuesday. Most were blue catfish.

He says the environmental agency can't conclusively say the spill caused the fish kill. But he says the incidents appear to be connected.

Honeywell also is investigating the spill. The company says it wants to determine whether any plant operations contributed to the fish kill.

Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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