By Associated Press - Friday, July 24, 2015

CLARKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Tests of a western Pennsylvania creek that feeds into the Monongahela River show low levels of radioactivity, contradicting much higher and potentially dangerous levels found last year, according to a research team.

The West Virginia Water Research Institute says test results that came back this week show the radioactivity in Ten Mile Creek is well below federal regulations for safe drinking water, The (Washington) Observer-Reporter reported (

The Department of Environmental Protection’s test results from last year showed levels of radiation were higher than the drinking water standard.

“If the radiation is not there, thank God because we’d have a hell of a time getting it out of there,” said Ken Dufalla, president of the Greene County chapter of the Izaak Walton League. “But I’m also torn about the fact that this is just one lab saying one thing, and another lab is saying another thing.”

Both groups took samples from the same areas, near Cumberland Mine in Kirby, abandoned Clyde Mine near Clarksville and near Sugar Camp Road.

John Poister, spokesman for the DEP in Pittsburgh, said the agency has not yet had the chance to review WVWRI’s test.

Dufalla questioned the DEP’s sampling, saying that heavy rains diluted the creek when the DEP took its most recent tests.

DEP officials said they are still waiting for results from a collection taken June 22 and 23.


Information from: Observer-Reporter,

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