CHARLOTTE -- Chemical maker Clariant says a spill from its Mount Holly West plant probably killed thousands of fish in the Catawba River in late May.
The kill, which claimed 2,000 to 10,000 fish, had stumped investigators. Water samples in the kill area, south of N.C. 27 and north of Wilkinson Boulevard, found nothing toxic.
Clariant said a recently discovered spill at its plant in Gaston County took place about the same time.
"We don't know if we've caused this, but we wanted to make it right," said Mike Teague, Clariant's vice president for environment, safety and health. "I think people are going to conclude that we did it whether we did or not."