Pickle Plant Spills Waste Water Into Tributary

Officials at a local food processing plant discovered an accidental release of 50,000 gallons of partially treated waste water and sludge early Friday morning.

Bay Valley Foods personnel found the accidental spill around 6:00 a.m. from the pickle processing plant in Faison in Duplin County. An emergency backup pump was immediately put into operation to stop the release of the waste water.

The waste water and sludge was released into a tributary in the Cape Fear River Basin. Clean up of the spill began immediately and recovery efforts continue through the weekend.

The North Carolina Division of Water Quality inspected the site on Saturday and gave Bay Valley Foods the okay to continue operations. Bay Valley Foods is assessing the extent of any environmental impacts.

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  • by .... on May 16, 2011 at 10:54 AM
    Was probably pickle juice.... lol
  • by Bud Location: NC on May 16, 2011 at 04:29 AM
    What's up with that picture?
  • by dieting 101 Location: wastewater business on May 15, 2011 at 01:48 PM
    That looks like an open sludge (solids- yes the chunky stuff :) container at a wastewater facility. The really good stuff that has a wonderful smell comes from grease pits outside restaurants and such. Because it is deprived of oxygen (open air) it gets a wonderful pungent odor. It is the most foul smelling stuff I have ever experienced.
  • by pete Location: grifton on May 15, 2011 at 11:56 AM
    I think i'll limit my intake to cucumbers from my garden from now on.I guess that's were they get their dis-stink flavor from for their pickles..
  • by Anonymous on May 15, 2011 at 10:03 AM
    Accident? BULL.
  • by AccidentalIntelligence Location: Greenville on May 15, 2011 at 08:58 AM
    HOLY CR*P, Were did our 50k gallons of <2.3 pH sludge go?? Quick, discover who discovered this spill and assign them to the peeling dept.
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      by Anonymous on May 15, 2011 at 04:06 PM in reply to AccidentalIntelligence
  • by pete Location: grifton on May 15, 2011 at 07:03 AM
    When you start catching small fish blam it on the ALUM.
  • by broher Location: greenville on May 15, 2011 at 06:27 AM
    whats the dill pickle
  • by Superdave Location: Greenville on May 15, 2011 at 04:36 AM
    How do you accidentally pour 50,000 gallons into the water system. How long did this take? Great safety procedures ?
  • by 250 Location: Jax on May 15, 2011 at 03:08 AM
    I've never eatten "pickled bluegill" before. Might just be "yummy to the tummy".
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      by jerry on May 15, 2011 at 06:32 AM in reply to 250
      That`s how pickled herring are made.
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