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Inspector urges enforcement for Potomac River chemical spill

LUKE — A Maryland Department of the Environment inspector is recommending enforcement action against a western Maryland paper mill where a chemical spill tainted the Potomac River.

The report signed Friday by inspector Charles Hatfield concludes Memphis, Tennessee-based Verso Corp. violated environmental regulations by failing to prevent the spill of about 9,500 gallons of synthetic latex on Sept. 23.

The spill went through a wastewater treatment plant before reaching the Potomac’s North Branch. It discolored the river and prompted at least two downstream West Virginia communities to temporarily close the intakes of their drinking water treatment plants.

Verso didn’t immediately respond Monday to a request for comment on the report.

Environmental regulators haven’t yet decided whether to take enforcement action. The company could be fined up to $10,000.