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Coors beer spill taints local creek.

Coors beer spill taints local creek

Early last week the Coors Brewing Co. accidentally spilled nearly 150,000 gallons of beer into Clear Creek, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The spill resulted in the death of approximately 17,000 fish, according to Colorado environmental officials.

State officials reported that Coors faces fines of up to $10 per dead fish and additional fines of as much as $50,000 for violating area water standards for five days.

Jon Goldman, Coors spokesperson, said that the beer did enter the company's sewage system and spilled into the stream. "We haven't got a full report from the health department yet," Goldman noted. "If the investigation determines the fish kill was the result of our activities, we'll accept full responsibility and work with the state to make it right.

"An incident like this overshadows all the good things that are being done behind the scenes to improve our environmental record," Goldman said, referring to Coors' "Pure Water 2000" program in which the company pledged $5 million over five years for environmental cleanup.

According to Coors officials, the incident occurred when a cleaning valve was left open or malfunctioned, allowing the beer to flow into a sewage treatment plant. Normally, the valve is opened only when the lines are being cleaned between uses.

The following sewage system overload resulted in only 65-percent treatment of the sewage before it was dumped in Clear Creek. The overload depleted the water's oxygen and suffocated the fish.
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Title Annotation:Coors Brewing Co.'s violation of area water standards
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:May 20, 1991
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