- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - A study alleging fish caught from a lake near a Duke Energy coal ash dump were unsafe for people to eat has been withdrawn after the utility raised questions about the findings.

The study released Monday by the Southern Environmental Law Center was written by two University of Florida professors who claimed Duke’s own tissue samples from fish caught at Sutton Lake outside Wilmington showed concentrations of selenium exceeding levels deemed safe for daily consumption.

Duke says the study contained a significant measuring mistake, leading the authors to state inaccurate and misleading conclusions. Duke says the data, when properly interpreted, affirms that the fish are safe to eat.

The environmental group then issued a statement withdrawing the study, saying it would work with the Florida professors to analyze the discrepancies.

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