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Carnival dumps on Port Orchard

"Employees with Jack Davis Premier Shows, the company operating the Fathoms o'Fun carnival this year in Port Orchard, dumped about 15 gallons of hazardous waste down a drain leading to Sinclair Inlet July 6.Officials with the City of Port Orchard and the Bremerton-Kitsap Health District aren't exactly sure how the hydraulic fluid and oil was spilled at the Bay Street Waterfront Park parking lot. But city public works officials noticed the spill during a routine inspection of the closing carnival, as employees packed and cleaned up, readying themselves for their journey out of town. Health District employee Grant Holdcroft, who performed an on-site inspection of the spill Thursday, assured that carnival employees correctly cleaned up the mess. He noted that the accident doesn't pose an immediate threat to Sinclair Inlet. This is a parking lot and unfortunately it's normal to see some spilling in the drains, he said.Carnival employees, he said, managed to sop up the hazardous waste and suck most of it up through hoses and into buckets. Those buckets are to be delivered to a hazardous-waste facility and disposed of properly, Holdcroft said.Health District officials asked managers with the carnival to provide the agency with receipts that prove the material was taken to an appropriate landfill area.If they can do that, Holdcroft said, then the carnival could avoid a $475 civil penalty issued by the Health District.Ted Fetterhoff, a spokesman for the carnival said Thursday there's no news. The carnival hadn't been issued a citation of any kind, he said, and employees are just following up on local clean-up requirements before the carnival leaves.This is all very routine, he said.This is the company's first year at Fathoms o'Fun, and problems seemed to crop up for the company at the outset.First, the carnival didn't start June 29 as scheduled because the company hadn't yet secured the required inspection certificates.As a result, carnival managers said they expected to lose thousands of dollars, and Fathoms o'Fun officials said the late start impacted the financing behind the Fourth of July fireworks.Then Mayor Jay Weatherill discovered the carnival employees had drilled stake holes into the parking lot, contrary to an agreement the city held with Fathoms o'Fun on the use of the lot."

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