(12/17/2009)
A spill of an orange gel in a Doddridge County stream did not bring notification to local officials or their water plant.

The failure has now caused the state to change the way it notifies water treatment plants of potentially hazardous incidents.

Mike Dorsey with the state Department of Environmental Protection says the Bureau of Public Health will be notified of all spills reported to the DEP's hot line.

Previously, the DEP determined whether a spill was severe enough to notify the health agency, which then alerted the plants.

The gel spill occurred in August on Buckeye Run, but Doddridge officials did not hear about the incident until October.


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