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DEQ hits city with $10K fine

Spill leads to DEQ violation.Contractor hired to do work when spill occurred will reimburse city

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has fined the City of Mustang $10,000 for an Aug. 5 sewage spill that resulted in a fish kill.

On Sept. 22, the city received notification from DEQ by certified mail and was ordered by consent order to pay the fine by Dec. 1.

City leaders report the fine will be paid by the Mustang Improvement Authority but HCCCo, the company contracted to do the work on the plant when the spill occurred, will reimburse the city.

According to documents, the spillage occurred when two contractor pumps used to lift wastewater malfunctioned and lost suction, resulting in the wastewater to overflow at a manhole near a creek. The pumps were in use as a back-up because of construction on improvements by the contractor at the plant.

The incident was reported by the operator as well as a citizen.

DEQ sent out a specialist to investigate and found the creek to be “murky with an odor of sewage” and a large numbers of distressed fish. Three days later, a second DEQ specialist visited the spill site and noted a fish kill.

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