Tenn. quarry fined more than $30K for polluting river

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WVLT/WJHL) -- A quarry in Kingsport has been fined tens of thousands of dollars for polluting the North Fork Holston River, according to CBS affiliate WJHL.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) ordered Vulcan Construction Materials to pay a $30,000 civil penalty as well as $9,542 in damages.

An investigation launched in July 2018 when, according to WJHL, TDEC got a complaint about "a milky white discoloration" seen on the river near the company's quarry in Kingsport.

Investigators said that about 3,127 cubic feet of limestone particles had seeped into and accumulated in the river. TDEC called the amount "severe."

In addition to the fines, TDEC ordered Vulcan to complete tasks included in a corrective action plan and perform inspections monthly and after every rain event.