Adams County asks Miller Chemical for $163,000

Written by Lillian Reed/Hanover Evening Sun | Sep 14, 2015 9:36 AM

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(Gettysburg) -- Adams County is asking Miller Chemical and Fertilizer for more than $163,000 in reimbursements for funds spent during the fire that leveled the company's warehouse in Conewago Township June.

Though there is usually no charge for battling a fire, it is standard for emergency services to request reimbursements for materials used in the case of a spill, said John Eline, director of Adams County emergency services department.

The fire, which took more than 12 hours to extinguish, resulted in contaminated runoff leaking into the nearby Conewago Creek and led to the deaths of more than 10,000 fish, officials said at the time.

Barb Klunk, a representative of Miller Chemical, confirmed in an email the company had received a bill from Adams County but did not comment further on the subject.

"There was a lot of equipment and time and materials used," Eline said. "I think it's only fair that someone be held accountable."

The amount is being billed to Miller on behalf of several local fire departments and hazmat units that used resources such as absorbents to contain the contamination, Eline said. Of the total amount billed, about $24,500 is being requested on behalf of the county, he said.

Those figures were determined based on state guidelines on what can be charged to insurance companies, Eline said. Miller Chemical's insurance company will have the opportunity to review the county's claim and determine how much of requested funds they will reimburse, he said.

This article comes to us through a partnership between The Evening Sun and WITF.

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