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Dinwiddie Board of Supervisors updates Stony Creek contamination

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Posted at 10:32 PM, Sep 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-01 22:32:33-04

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. -- Dinwiddie Board of Supervisors held a special meeting Tuesday concerning the chemicals that have contaminated Stony Creek.

During the meeting the Dinwiddie Board of Supervisors confirmed an ethanol plant in Hopewell leaked slurry material into the river. They said those responsible for the spill to be held accountable.

The board said the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will test the water weekly in some areas until the site is recovered.

In addition, some areas where the slurry material has been collected will not be cleaned up, because cleaning it could spread the contamination. They are planning to let the slurry material stay there and let the rain slowly wash it away.

Stony Creek

DEQ said they have a list of every site in the state that got this slurry material from Hopewell, they are going to inspect all of those sites.

County leaders are asking people to stay away from the water after heavy rain, because the water is still not safe.

CBS 6 first reported the 16-mile creek which runs through Dinwiddie County smelled really bad and had changed color in late July.

The health department issued a warning for people to avoid contact with the water due to fecal coli-form from animal waste.