- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A new test shows there is no arsenic in a lake that provides drinking water for Charlotte.

The Charlotte Observer reports (https://bit.ly/29AwH04) that state regulators said Wednesday they found no arsenic in Mountain Island Lake, after Mecklenburg County had reported elevated levels of the chemical.

The county had said it found arsenic levels were nearly 10 times higher than a federal safety standard in June.

The lake is near Duke Energy’s retired Riverbend power plant.

Mecklenburg County officials said there was no threat to drinking water because arsenic was found only near the power plant, not the city’s water intake.

Riverbend had been draining water from two ponds that hold 3.6 million tons of coal ash. Duke stopped draining the lake after Mecklenburg County detected arsenic.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com

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