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Va., US tests find municipal waters 'acceptable'

Tuesday - 2/11/2014, 4:58pm  ET

STEVE SZKOTAK
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- State environmental officials are reviewing the dozen coal ash impoundments in Virginia following a massive spill along the Dan River in North Carolina.

Meantime, water quality tests concluded Tuesday that treatment plants are effectively removing toxins from public water supplies in Danville and South Boston.

The state Department of Environmental Quality is coordinating Virginia's response to the spill. A spokesman said the DEQ has found no evidence of fish kills or other obvious environmental consequences and is taking a longer view on problems that could emerge.

The inspection of the impoundment ponds involves reviews to ensure that periodic inspections are being conducted and that none are leaking. It will not involve physical inspections.


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