A mistake is costing a local company thousands of dollars.
In December, 2003 Merck manufacturing's Elkton plant discovered high levels of methyl chloride had leaked in the air. Merck says it notified the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
The DEQ and Merck agreed the Elkton company will pay a half-a-million dollar fine for the pollution. Three hundred-thousand dollars will be used for a project to reduce the public's exposure to diesel exhaust in buses.
Merck declined to go on camera, but in a statement today, the plant manager says the agreement is fair and appropriate.