Rhode Island shellfishing areas closed by Massachusetts wastewater discharge

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Environmental officials say areas of Mount Hope Bay and the Kickemuit River are being closed to shellfishing over discharge from a wastewater treatment facility in Massachusetts.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says the areas will be closed to shellfishing from sunrise Thursday until March 5.

DEM officials say the disinfection system failed at Fall River's Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility Wednesday morning and 600,000 gallons of non-disinfected effluent were discharged.

They say they enacted the emergency closure in response.

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