Broken pipe at Y-12 plant kills thousands of fish

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) -- A break in a pipe carrying chlorinated water at the government's nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge has caused a fish kill.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, about 6 million gallons of the treated water flowed into the east fork of Poplar Creek after the rupture over the weekend.

Y-12 plant contractor B&W Y-12 said Tuesday that about 8,000 "minnow-sized" fish and about 30 salamanders were killed.

In a news release, the contractor said the break was isolated on Saturday and continued monitoring Sunday did not find any additional dead fish.

John Owsley of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Oak Ridge office said the water that was released was basically tap water and the flow continued for several hours.


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