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Tenn. city fined for dumping raw sewage in river
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NEEDVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has fined a northeast Tennessee city nearly $101,000 for dumping raw sewage in the Clinch River.

The Kingsport Times News cited a TDEC order this month in reporting that the Sneedville sewer treatment plant had "excessive" sewer plant bypasses of treatment between January and May.

Sneedville Mayor Dean Rhea said the sewer plant operator resigned in May and the city contracted in June with a Kentucky company called Wastewater Specialists, which is providing a certified plant operator and making repairs to the system.

Rhea said he hopes the state might waive part of the city's fine in light of the recent repairs.

Sneedville is the seat of Hancock County, which the newspaper says is the poorest county in Tennessee.


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