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Georgia county: Coal ash roads within contamination limits

February 7, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia County says a report it commissioned shows roads made with coal ash don’t exceed contamination limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Effingham County Administrator Steve Davis tells the Savannah Morning News that the 67-page report should be a comfort to people concerned about heavy metals in the ash roads, which leave a white residue on vehicles.

A private laboratory took 20 samples from various ash roads and found barium, chromium within federal limits. Effingham County paid Whitaker Laboratory more than $7,000 to test the random samples for any threats to public health.

The county has agreed to spend more than $1 million repairing ash roads that were damaged by a winter storm.

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Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com

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