Nearly 10,000 gallons of latex used for coating paper in a paper mill spilled into the North Branch of the Potomac River in western Maryland, according to environmental officials.Try harder to keep it contained next time.
The incident happened Wednesday at Luke mill in that area, according to Jay Apperson, a spokesman with the Maryland Department of the Environment. He said the latex spilled as it was being unloaded from a rail car.
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The area where the latex spilled into the river is near the border of Maryland and West Virginia in Garrett County. It created a yellow-white look to the water, according to officials with the state’s environment department. The latex spilled into the river over a four-hour period.
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Maryland officials said they have not seen any indication of fish being killed as a result of the latex spill in the area. As a precaution, however, authorities from the state’s Department of Natural Resources fisheries program were notified.