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Spill from cow manure lagoon fouls Va. river

Saturday - 4/5/2014, 12:30pm  ET

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (AP) -- 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 media reports, 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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