Thomasville fined $35,000 for wastewater spill
RALEIGH (AP) ó A state agency has fined a North Carolina city more than $35,000 in connection with a wastewater spill that allowed nearly 16 million gallons of raw sewage to flow into a creek that feeds into a popular lake.
The state Division of Water Quality announced Monday that the city of Thomasville originally reported on Aug. 3 that the spill totaled 385,000 gallons.
A statement from the division said Thomasville later amended its report when it discovered that the spill had begun several days before the initial report. The total amount of the actual spill is the largest on record with the division.
The Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a criminal investigation of the spill, which is believed to have begun July 16 at High Rock Lake and continued until Aug. 4.