Indiana files suit over Delaware County fish kill

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Three Delaware County residents are being sued by the state over a 2012 fish kill whose cause eluded the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

The lawsuit against David, Mary and Adam Howell seeks more than $2,000 in damages plus investigative costs for the June 13, 2012, incident that killed more than 5,800 fish.

The fish kill occurred downstream of two drainage tiles that empty into Bell Creek from fields farmed by the Howells in southern Delaware County. The lawsuit states Adam Howell told investigators about weed killers and other chemicals that had been applied to the fields.

But The Star Press reports IDEM investigators didn't detect any chemicals in the water.

Adam Howell denies responsibility and says his family will fight the lawsuit.

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11/15/2013 4:02:25 AM (GMT -5:00)