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Public meeting set on Clinch River pollution study

Monday - 8/19/2013, 3:29am  ET

NORTON, Va. (AP) -- A public meeting is scheduled in Norton this week on a pollution study of the Clinch River and several tributaries.

The study identified sources of bacterial contamination and pollutants in the waterways.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Norton Community Center.

A public comment period will begin Thursday and continue through Sept. 23.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality says the river has failed to meet standards for fecal coliform bacteria and E.coli. The problem also exists in several tributaries, including Bear, Fall, Little Stoney, Russell, Stanton, Stony, Cove, Stock, Copper, Moll, Valley and Blackwater creeks.

The DEQ will submit a report to the Environmental Protection Agency after it considers public comments. The report will include total maximum daily loads for the waterways.

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