The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection has issued a notice of violation at Whitesburg’s water treatment plant for problems found during a diesel spill earlier this month into the North Fork of the Kentucky River upstream from the plant.
The notice, issued Friday, “specifies that there was a problem with proper operation of the Whitesburg plant, and actions that could have prevented passage of fuel through the plant were not taken,” Division of Water spokeswoman Allison Fleck said.
Veolia Water operates the plant.
The notice says there was a problem with the operation of the plant’s carbon feeder system, which was upgraded after a 2009 diesel spill damaged the plant.
The carbon feeder system adds carbon to raw water to remove trace dissolved hydrocarbons that affect taste and smell of tap water.