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Danville Hazmat Team Responds to Unusual Substance in Dan River


Danville, VA - Emergency crews were called to the Dan River Wednesday afternoon after an unusual substance was found floating in the water.

A firefighter was driving by the river when he saw it and called in the Hazmat Team to determine if it was toxic. Firefighters discovered it all had to do with the coal ash spill from last month.

After two tests, one done by the fire department and one done by the water treatment plant, they determined it was residual coal ash that had washed back into the river after the recent snow. Crews were called to the river around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. They say the substance was along the banks of the river for miles. However, because of the nature of the substance, the Hazmat Team was unable to do anything to clean up the substance.

Assistant Fire Chief Steve Dishman tells us because of the recent coal ash contamination, they are extra cautious of anything being in the river.

"We probably are, we are more cautious. Again, it's much better to be safe than sorry from that standpoint," said Dishman.

Dishman says this kind of residual coal ash will likely get in the water again.

Meanwhile, we spoke with the Director of the Danville Water Treatment plant who said the tap water is still okay to drink.


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