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N.C. Officials Insist Water Is Safe After Coal Ash Spill05:04

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Officials in North Carolina continue to insist that water is safe to drink after a massive spill from a coal ash storage pond on Feb. 2 turned the Dan River near Eden, N.C. cloudy for miles.

But North Carolina's Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced in a statement yesterday that the agency made "an honest mistake" when it reported last Thursday that arsenic levels for all sampling locations on the Dan River were within state standards, when in fact two water samples collected last week did exceed state standards for human health.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson gets the latest from Jeff Tiberii of WUNC.


This segment aired on February 10, 2014.

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