The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 6, 2012

DEP recants on source of ink-stained creek

Associated Press

CONNELLSVILLE — The state Department of Environmental Protection now says it can’t conclusively prove that ink from an envelope printing plant turned a Fayette County creek deep blue early last month.

DEP officials on Monday said that a contractor had improperly disposed of the ink and that investigators followed a trail of ink on the highway from the contractor’s house on the creek in Connellsville Township to an envelope printing plant. As a result, the DEP said it had cited the envelope firm.

But spokesman John Poister later told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that was incorrect and that the contractor, not the envelope company, has been cited.

Poister said the focus now is the contractor, who the DEP believes has been illegally storing other materials on his property.

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