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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Scientists with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) started collecting fish in the Dan River Monday for testing.

The state says they hope to determine if the fish are safe to eat in the river near the site of the coal ash spill through fish tissue testing. They plan to collect periodically during the next year to help scientists determine any impacts coal ash metals and other residuals could have on the fish in the river.

To learn more about DENR's fish tissue sampling analysis, visit the agency's website. State officials have advised people not to eat fish from the Dan River and to avoid prolonged contact with the water.

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Duke Energy Spill

On Sunday, Duke Energy issued said, they completed the installation of a permanent plug at the site in Eden to stop releases from an ash basin at the Dan River Steam Station. But folks are worried about the short-term and long-term impacts. WFMY News 2

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