Sullivan Co. must test water discharges

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- Sullivan County must start testing storm water discharges or face penalties from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

County Planning Director Ambre Torbett told The Bristol Herald Courier ( ) that they have received bids from engineering firms to do the testing of discharge into local streams to monitor for E. coli and sediment.

The county is required to do the testing under the Clean Water Act after Sullivan County became considered an urban county after the 2000 census.

TDEC Storm Water Coordinator Robert Karesh said the county won't be penalized because of the results, but they need to monitor where pollution occurs.


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