Creek Turns Blue

By: AP
By: AP

Athens, Georgia. (AP) -- Recent rains are blamed for causing more
pollution in an Athens creek that was contaminated when a chemical
plant burned.

The Environmental Protection Division says recent tests show
that levels of formaldehyde have increased in the Trail Creek from
last week. The waterway flows into the North Oconee and Oconee
rivers. Para-dichlorobenzene was also detected.

Authorities say they suspect rain washed more formaldehyde from
low levels of the creek deeper into the waterway.

Firefighters pouring water on the burning J&J Chemical Co. plant
last month inadvertently sent pollutants into the creek, including
a toilet bowel dye that turned it blue.

The DEP says the pollutants are at low levels that do not
threaten people, but it recommends avoiding the water.

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