DEQ monitoring wastewater release into Pearl River Friday

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 7:29am

Temple-Inland admits an accidental release of their contaminated wastewater lead to a devastating fish kill in Pearl River.

Now, the Department of Environmental Quality says the plant has to spill even more wastewater into the river Friday, to avoid another disaster.

That's because the plant has been shut down since the fish kill and wastewater there is backing up.

DEQ says if there is a weather emergency that wastewater could spill into the river.

Temple-Inland has just 12 hours to release some of that waste. DEQ officials will be on hand to monitor the river.

DEQ will use a special red dye in the water to track the waste. They say it could turn the river red, but will not harm it.

The Department of Health and Hospitals tested 18 private wells in the area after concerns that chemicals could have contaminated drinking water near the river. DHH has the results of those tests and says well water in the area is safe to drink.

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