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.