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Coal Ash Could Infect Animals and People

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A Duke University Water Quality professor told WFMY News 2 long-term problems for the coal ash spill in the Dan River are preventable. However, it could take time and money.

"Having the coal ash accumulating and starting to release its toxic material from the solid into the water over a long term is not good news," Avner Vengosh with Duke University said. "Therefore, dredging and removing it could be one of the solutions to overcome the spill."

If the coal ash isn't removed from the water, Professor Vengosh says it will eventually make its way into our food chain.

The toxins will infect the fish or other animals, then the people who eat them.