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Potomac mostly spared by coal ash spill

Potomac mostly spared by coal ash spill

Maryland environmental officials say most of the potentially toxic coal ash sludge that spilled from a ruptured pipeline stayed on the banks of the Potomac River and didn't seep into the waters.
The Maryland Department of the Environment says the bulk of the 4,000 gallons fell onto the West Virginia stream bank in Luke, about 150 miles west of Baltimore. Workers are expected to finish a cleanup Tuesday.
MDE spokeswoman Dawn Stoltzfus says a small amount of sludge seeped into the river's North Branch and caused some discoloration downstream. She says there was no sign of dead or dying fish.
The sludge leaked from a pipeline owned by NewPage Corp. of Miamisburg, Ohio. The company burns coal to power a paper mill and sends the ash to a lagoon across the river.
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(This version CORRECTS that most of the sludge missed Potomac River waters, per information from Maryland officials.)


Updated : 2021-04-16 02:42 GMT+08:00