- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina agency is warning people not to eat fish near the site of last week’s massive coal ash spill on the Dan River.

The Department of Health and Human Services also is urging people to avoid contact with the river near the spill.

The advisories were issued Wednesday.

DHHS says it’s working with other agencies to collect fish downstream of the spill in Eden and will evaluate the data. But there’s no word when the advisories will be lifted.

The spill occurred at a 27-acre Duke Energy coal ash pond, spewing up to 82,000 tons of coal ash mixed with 27 million gallons of contaminated water into the Dan River.

The spill, discovered by a security guard Feb. 2, is the third largest in U.S. history.

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