NEWS: Utah environmental regulators reviewing spill of Rocky Mountain Power coal ash into Price River

Emma Penrod
August 12, 2016
The Salt Lake Tribune

State officials say the Price River is safe for recreation and irrigation and that Rocky Mountain Power should be able to handle any future storms like the one that discharged an estimated 2,700 cubic yards of coal ash into the Price River last week.

Samples collected by the state Department of Environmental Quality in the days following the flash flood indicate concentrations of heavy metals were elevated near the site of the spill, said Scott Hacking, an environmental engineer with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. Some samples contained twice the amount of metals as collected downstream from the utility’s retired coal-fired power plant. None was high enough to violate water quality standards, Hacking said.

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