October 1, 2014

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Officials say coal waste may be clearing

POWHATAN POINT — State officials report that an eastern Ohio waterway is beginning to look clearer again following a spill of mining waste.

Spokeswoman Heather Lauer with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says slurry, or waste water from the washing of coal, has made its way down about 10 miles of Captina Creek in

Belmont County to the Ohio River.

The spill was first reported Thursday, as the creek ran black. Lauer says her agency wants to determine when the slurry began leaking from a storage area near an Ohio Valley Coal Company mine and why it happened.

The state is monitoring for any harm to fish or other wildlife.