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Pollution Investigation at Central Virginia Brewery

An investigation is underway at a Virginia brewery after neighbors complained about fluids leaking into a creek.

Section of stream approx. 120 m downgradient of release. Stream is flowing at this point, and has large amounts of deposited solids along banks, visible bacterial colonies, and strong brew odor. (Virginia DEQ)

An investigation is underway at a Virginia brewery after neighbors complained about fluids leaking into a creek.

Authorities began investigating Starr Hill Brewery in Albemarle County after one person reported frogs dying and another claimed her dog had become sick.

They are looking at what appears to be pollution in a creek just a few hundred feet from the brewery.

Investigators with the state Department of Environmental Quality took photos of the creek.

They hope to track down the source of what smells like sewage flowing from the brewery into the waterway.

The brewery says some of the material came from a truck hauling grain that is used to make beer.

Despite reports, officials say there is no danger to people or pets.


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