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Franklin Co. Residents Asked to Avoid Swimming, Fishing in Pigg River After Major Spill

Courtesy: ABC 13 Media Partner - The Franklin News-Post

Rocky Mount, VA - Some 30,000 gallons of cow manure wastewater has spilled into the Pigg River in Franklin County, prompting a public health alert.

The state Department of Health is advising residents to avoid recreational use of a section of the river, including swimming, boating or fishing.

According to a news release, the wastewater spilled Thursday from a holding lagoon west of Rocky Mount. The spill entered a tributary of the Pigg River.

Local and state public health officials are working to evaluate the spill and minimize any potential risk.

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