Culpeper settles EPA chlorine release allegations

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) - Culpeper has settled federal environmental allegations stemming from a chlorine release from its water treatment facility in 2008.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that Culpeper agreed to pay a $27,420 penalty and spend more than $100,000 to upgrade the water treatment facility. In May 2008, the facility released about 106 pounds of chlorine into the air.

The consent agreement says the town failed to immediately report the incident to the National Response Center and didn't notify the state, as required by federal law.

The agreement says Culpeper also didn't give the state or local emergency planning committee follow-up reports about the incident.

An EPA inspection of the water treatment facility found other alleged violations, including failure to implement safe work practices to maintain equipment.