TOMAHAWK – A discharge described as a “bright neon color” was discovered Monday morning about four miles from Tomahawk on Rockhouse Creek.
Martin County Director of Emergency Services, Lee Gauze said he was notified of what appeared to be a spill around 11:30 a.m. and notified the Kentucky Division of Water.
“It was strange where it was located,” Gauze said. “It appeared to be spilled into the creek at some location downstream from the head of the creek. I went further upstream from where I saw it and asked around and no one had noticed it in the area upstream,” Gauze continued.
Gauze said the point of origin appeared to be near the entrance of Trace Fork.
The Division of Water dispatched an Emergency Response Team to evaluate the situation. The Emergency Response Team also took water samples from the creek.
According to Lanny Brannock, a spokesperson for the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection, team members “observed fish swimming in the affected area not in obvious distress and found no indication of a fish kill.”
Brannock said samples were taken and results would be known today. “We are awaiting samples from the lab that might give us further indication what the material is,” Brannock said. “At this point, we don’t have a clear indication of what the source of the material might be.”
Once results are known, the matter will be investigated further.