The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced Brunner Island LLC has signed a consent assessment of civil penalty, the result of a January fish kill at its coal-fired electric generating station on the Susquehanna River.
Brunner Island paid a civil penalty of $25,898.
The generating station releases heated water from the cooling process to a condenser discharge channel. During cold weather, fish are generally attracted to the warmer water.
An equipment shutdown on January 30 prevented the warmed water from entering the channel. The water temperature in the channel dropped approximately 13 degrees in one hour, causing the death of more than 1,100 fish.In response to a February 4 notice of violation, the company supplied the department with a list of corrective actions to reduce the likelihood of a similar situation occurring again. New procedures and equipment are in place to allow for a quicker response, and to ensure at least a partial heating of the water being discharged.