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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

N.C. Health Department revises Dan River advisories

Posted by on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 1:54 PM

It’s now safe to swim in the Dan River, but please, don’t eat the fish just yet.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has revised and updated public health advisories issued back in February, following cleanup of coal ash deposit from the massive Duke Energy spill into the river near Eden, N.C.

According to a press release, Duke Energy finished cleaning up the river June 30.

DHHS recommends lifting the recreational water advisory, noting that the most recent evaluation of surface water and sediment data downstream from the coal ash spill site showed that “no incidental ingestion or skin contact risk exists for the sediment or the river water.”

Contaminants associated with the spill are not at levels that would pose a health risk and DHHS will continue to monitor data, the Department says.

But it could still be dangerous to eat fish or shellfish immediately downstream from the spill site, so don’t do that.

DHHS “will evaluate data from the fish samples as it becomes available.”

When will it be safe to eat Dan River fish again?

DHHS will let you know.

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