Airport Pays For Fish Malaise

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No, it's not a fancy new appetizer or sushi selection. Workers at London's Gatwick Airport recently sudsed down the runways with some harsh cleaning chemicals, and then rinsed it all off with lots of running water. Unfortunately, that toxic water drained into a nearby creek, which flowed into the River Mole, and there set about killing more than 5,200 innocent fish of 14 different species. Apparently that was about three-quarters of the entire fish population in the area. The U.K. Environment Agency brought charges, and then decided that since the highest fine it can levy -- 20,000 pounds -- would be inadequate, bumped the matter upstairs for sentencing in a federal court.