Coal Ash Spill EPA checking water, sediment

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    Members of the EPA’s region 4 river team pulled samples of sediment from the Dan River on Monday and packed and labeled them at Abreu-Grogan Park for shipping back to their lab in Athens, Ga.

Posted: Monday, February 10, 2014 7:33 pm

In the nine days since a coal ash storage basin at Duke Energy’s old Dan River Steam Station spilled an estimated 27 million gallons of water and 82,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River in Eden, N.C., people in boats and on riverbanks collecting water samples has become a familiar sight.

But there’s more than just water to check for contaminants from the spill, and a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency field team has been pulling sediment samples for analysis as well.

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