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Va. health department closes part of York River to shellfish harvesting following sewage spill

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RICHMOND, Virginia — A sewage spill has prompted the Virginia Department of Health to close a portion of the York River to shellfish harvesting.

The emergency closure is scheduled to be lifted on April 28. The department says water quality and shellfish will be monitored to determine whether the affected area can be reopened sooner.

The department says raw sewage spilled onto the ground and into Wormley Creek in York County after a break occurred in a pipe. The creek is a tributary of the river.

The ban includes oysters and clams, but not crabs or fin fish.

Maps of the closure area are available on the Division of Shellfish Sanitation's website at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/Shellfish/ .

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