SEPULVEDA BASIN : Brewery to Pay $53,000 Penalty for Chemical Spill

Anheuser-Busch Inc. this week pleaded no contest and was ordered to pay more than $53,000 in criminal penalties for a chemical spill last February that polluted the Sepulveda Basin wildlife area.

The plea in Los Angeles Municipal Court stemmed from the discharge of about 6,000 gallons of a caustic solution into Haskell Creek, a storm channel that flows through Sepulveda Basin about three miles from the Van Nuys brewery.

Although the plea resolved the criminal case against Anheuser-Busch, the giant brewer still faces a civil complaint by the Los Angeles office of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board.

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