NEW INFO: Spill Turns River White in Boone County

By: Rahel Solomon, Anna Baxter Email
By: Rahel Solomon, Anna Baxter Email

UPDATE 9/6/2013 @ 9:30 a.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- New details have been released about a spill in Boone County, that turned a river white.

Patriot Coal tell a dust suppressant was being delivered to the Eastern Associated Coal Prep Plant near Van on September 4th.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection says 2,400 gallons of the material spilled into the Pond Fork of the Little Coal River.

Patriot Coal says they immediately called the DEP's Emergency Response Spill Alert System.

The material is used to spray on railroad cars.

Patriot Coal says they are working with the DEP and the vendor who delivered the material to implement measures to minimize its effects.

DEP Spokesperson, Kathy Cosco says the material is not toxic and investigators have not found any fish dead in the water.

UPDATE 9/5/2013 @ 11:30 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Many neighbors could not help but stop and stare Thursday near the Van area of Boone County.

Officials from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection tell a leak of a material used to keep coal dust to minimum had leaked into the Pond River Fork. Nearly 2,400 gallons had leaked from the Eastern Associated Coal Prep Plant.

“It looks dangerous,” said neighbor Brittany Jarrell.”I got animals and stuff and I don't want them dying over stuff like this.”

Kathy Cosco with the DEP tells the material is not toxic though neighbors have reported seeing dead fish by the river. Cosco says DEP investigators have not seen any dead fish, but are investigating the reports as well as what caused the spill.

Neighbors like Jay Dunlap say the river is normally pretty clear in color.

Cosco advises those who live in that water not to currently swim or get in the water but says the drinking water should be safe.

BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Department of Environmental Protection is investigating an incident that has turned a stream white in the Van area of Boone County.

Kathy Cosco with the WVDEP tells a dust suppression from a prep plant, just south of Van, leaked into the Pond Fork River. Cosco says the material is used to spray off railroad cars.

The incident has affected about five miles of the stream, but at this point there hasn't been any fish found dead, Cosco said.

The water looks white in that area.

A person who lives along Route 85, near the river tells she noticed the issue about 7 a.m. Thursday when she took her daughter to school.

Right now, a DEP crew is on scene investigating the nature of the material.

Cosco says people in the area are urged not to swim in the water or go fishing until the investigation is complete.

We have a crew headed to Boone County. Keep clicking on for the latest information.

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