Environmental officials yesterday were investigating the second major fish kill this year in a creek near a meat-rendering plant in Montgomery County.

The Department of Environmental Protection said a representative of Moyer Packing Co. in Souderton reported Wednesday afternoon that thousands of fish were dead in the Skippack Creek. A fish kill in August was found to have been caused by a malfunction at the company's wastewater treatment plant.

DEP spokeswoman Lynda Rebarchak said the company didn't think the latest fish kill was caused by a discharge from the plant.

- AP