Looking for a solution to the problem of mercury in the South River. The problem is well documented, and prompted the fish consumption advisory which has been around for decades.
Monday night, a public meeting kicked off the start of a study of mercury in the South River by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. It will continue through April of 2008 trying to find some answers.
Robert Brent with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality said, "the goal of the TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) study will be to figure out how much mercury is coming from different sources in the watershed. And then to figure out how much we need to reduce that amount of mercury from each of those sources to have a river that can grow fish that are safe to eat."
The mercury initially came from the DuPont plant in Waynesboro which is now the Invista plant.