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Studying mercury contamination in Virginia's South River

Mercury contamination has been a problem in Virginia's South River since 1979, when mercury was discovered in the river. Mercury was used in industrial processes at the former DuPont Plant in Waynesboro, Virginia from 1929 to 1950 and in the early 1980s, the Virginia Department of Health issued advisories for fish consumption along the South River.  Renewed efforts to address the legacy mercury contamination in the river began in 2001 when the DuPont Company and various Virginia regulatory agencies established the South River Science Team (SRST). The SRST began to apply a watershed-level, risk-based assessment process to assess why mercury concentrations remain elevated in the South River and what might be done to remediate it.  Read more....



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