Merck is having a really bad week.
Today a settlement was announced with Merck with the EPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Merck was caught dumping potassium thiocyanate (KSCN) which reacted with the water supply and caused extensive fish kills in the Wissahickon Creek in June and caused them to stop their drinking water intake for several days and any recreational use of the creek. They also got caught dumping spent substrate and cleaning agents in August.
Merck will be paying out 1,575,000 in penalties and $10 million to put into place systems that will prevent future dangerous discharges at their facility. They will also be spending approximately $9 million for extensive environmental projects.