Appalachian Voices conducted water sampling around the Dan River Coal Ash spill. This sampling showed high levels of metals like arsenic, selenium, iron, manganese and vanadium at the spill site and over 20 miles downstream. Below you will a summary of the sampling results, a map of the sampling locations and the original lab reports.
Summary of Dan River water quality data collected by Appalachian Voices.
Danville Utilities Drinking Water Test Results
Danville Utilities, the operator of the public drinking water supply in Danville, VA tested treated drinking water. Their results are available here:
Duke Energy Testing Results
Duke Energy tested both the Dan River and treated drinking water in Danville. Their sampling results are available here (excel file):
Sampling results from Dan River and drinking water from Duke Energy.
NCDENR Sampling Results
The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has released more complete results from the sampling they conducted. They have created a webpage with a rundown of their sampling, but their most recent results are available here:
According to the Wall Street Journal: “Two West Virginia schools dismissed students early Wednesday after a teacher and a student became ill from vapors believed to be related to last month’s chemical spill.
The sicknesses were in Belle, about 10 miles from Charleston, where about 10,000 gallons of Crude MCHM, a chemical used in coal processing, leaked into the Elk River on Jan. 9. The spill contaminated the drinking water for 300,000 residents in and around the state capital, including in Belle, for at least five days.”
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) reports: “Initial water quality testing performed by DENR staff on site at Duke Energy’s Dan River power plant on Tuesday showed no deviation from normal levels of temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen and conductivity due to the release of water and ash from the facility’s coal ash impoundment. These initial results do NOT mean the water is safe. . . On Tuesday, the first round of water samples were delivered to a lab in Raleigh for further testing for heavy metals, sulfates, nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus), and total suspended solids.”
DNER is testing for:
Check back here for results, when they become available. We will also post them to this site.