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Finding Arsenic in Mountain Island Lake: Even a Sixth Grader Can Do It

Just recently, sixth grader Anna Behnke found high levels of arsenic near her home on Mountain Island Lake, a drinking water source for hundreds of thousands in the Charlotte, N.C. metro area. The contamination — which exceeds EPA drinking water standards twenty-fold — comes from coal ash seepage at Duke Energy’s Riverbend power plant, which the utility announced it will decommission in April without a plan to deal with the coal ash ponds on site.

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Matt Grimley was our AmeriCorps Project Conserve Outreach Associate for 2012-13, serving as Associate Editor of The Appalachian Voice as well as the education coordinator for AV's Red, White and Water campaign.


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