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Feb 7, 2014

Arsenic present in the Dan River after Coal Ash Spill


Information about Arsenic present in the Dan River after a spill releases 80,000 tons of coal ash.
On February 5th, 2014 over 80,000 tons of Coal Ash was spilled from a power plant into North Carolina’s Dan River. This river supplies drinking water to several communities including Danville, Eden and others.  It is now estimated that over 27 million gallons of the River’s water is contaminated.  Recently published news (http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-coal-ash-water-20140206,0,4265633.story#axzz2segW3uo9) reveals that the water contains high levels of Arsenic.  The Arsenic levels reported are 10 – 35 times than the level that EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) allows in drinking water.  In similar cases in Ohio and Tennessee the release of coal ash into the drinking water source increased also the levels of selenium and other heavy metals. Unfortunately, the amount of arsenic and or selenium that can be found in specific locations may vary greatly.
 
Arsenic can be deadly even at trace amounts and exposed people will experience fatigue, hallucinations, nausea and vomiting and stomach pains as the exposure dose increases.  Chronic exposure can lead to lung, skin or liver cancers as well as cancer of the lymphatic system.  It can also lead to long term confusion and disorientation.  More details on the toxic effects of arsenic can be found in: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/substances/toxsubstance.asp?toxid=3 and http://chemsee.com/poison-detection/poison-detection-resources/chemnote-arsenic-poisoning/
 
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