- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A water protection group says the Virginia Tech scientist who exposed the public water crisis in Flint, Michigan, will analyze test results from private wells in the Richmond area.

The group says Tech’s Marc Edwards has agreed to assess the test results for lead contamination near a coal ash impoundment on the James River.

The group that reached out to Edwards is called Hands Across the Lake. It has concerns about Dominion Virginia Power’s coal ash impoundments at the company’s Chesterfield Power Station, 15 miles south of Richmond.

Retired chemist Thomas Pakurar of Hands Across the Lake said the group sought Edwards because of his high-profile record on identifying elevated levels of lead in public drinking supplies.

Edwards did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press.

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