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City of Portland fined for dumping pollutants into Salamonie River

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PORTLAND, Ind. (AP): The city of Portland has been fined for discharging pollutants into the Salamonie River in violation of its Clean Water Act permit.

The (Muncie) Star Press reports that the city has agreed to pay the Indiana Department of Environmental Management a fine of $8,250 and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources a fine of $2,504. The penalties will be paid out of the city’s sewer operating fund.

Last summer, the city dumped untreated wastewater and raw sewage into the river, resulting in a fish kill.

An investigation by the state Department of Natural Resources found hundreds of dead fish, including 216 dead bluegill, bass, darters and crappies.

Nearly two miles of the river was affected.

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