"NC Admits Mistake, Says Arsenic Topped Safe Level"

"RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina's environmental agency said Sunday it wrongly declared all test results for the arsenic levels in the Dan River as safe for people after a massive coal ash spill."

"A water sample taken Monday, two days after the spill was discovered, was four times higher than the maximum level for people to have prolonged contact, such as swimming, the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said.

'We made an honest mistake while interpreting the results,' state Division of Water Resources director Tom Reeder said in a statement."

Emery P. Dalesio reports for the Associated Press February 9, 2014.

SEE ALSO:

"Arsenic Levels in Dan River Exceeded Safe Standards, N.C. Says" (Los Angeles Times)

"Arsenic Levels Higher Than Initially Reported After Coal Ash Spill in Dan River" (CNN)

"NC Authorities Say River Has Elevated Arsenic From Coal Ash Spill" (Aljazeera)

"NC Regulators Shielded Duke's Coal Ash Pollution" (AP)

"NC Now Says Dan River Arsenic Levels Were Unsafe After Duke Energy Ash Spill" (Charlotte Business Journal)

"Final Report: CCW Impoundments Inspection Report, Dan River Steam Station, Rockingham County, North Carolina" (Paul C. Rizzo Associates, Inc.: September 2009)

"Despite New Coal-Ash Spill, EPA Will Stick To Semi-Tough Approach" (Christian Science Monitor)

Source: AP, 02/10/2014