Posted: Nov 8, 2011 4:45 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state and Temple Inland have reached a settlement over an August fish kill that left about 590,000 fish and freshwater mussels dead in the Pearl River.
Robert Barham, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, says the $760,245 settlement allows the state to put to rest the civil restitution for the thousands of fish and mussels killed after equipment malfunctioned at Temple's paper mill in Bogalusa and spilled an unauthorized by-product known as black liquor into the Pearl, depleting oxygen.
Officials said Monday the value for the fish killed was $816,022. The settlement includes the Louisiana portion of the fish and mussels, all expenditures involved with the response effort, a three-year recovery and monitoring plan and costs to restock the river with largemouth bass and bluegill sunfish.