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School officials identify origin of coal ash

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An excavation of soil in the area showed there was an estimated 12-24 inches of coal ash used on the field to elevate their playing surfaces An excavation of soil in the area showed there was an estimated 12-24 inches of coal ash used on the field to elevate their playing surfaces

SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) - Brunswick County School officials have identified the origin of the coal ash that was spread on the baseball field on the South Brunswick Middle School baseball field.

A WECT investigation showed that coal ash had been spread during the 1990s on the fields, but no one knew where it came from.

School officials revealed that the Cogentrix Corporation that formerly operated in Southport generated the coal ash.

An excavation of soil in the area showed there was an estimated 12-24 inches of coal ash used on the field to elevate their playing surfaces, according to Jessica Swencki, executive Director of Quality Assurance and Community Engagement for Brunswick County Schools. 

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) conducted tests on the soil in the area for toxicity levels.

"As far as the material that is left on the field, test have shown that, at the surface soil level, there is no cause for alarm," Cathy Akroyd, public information officer NCDERN, said. "That soil has been tested and poses no danger to anyone interacting with the surface soil."

Akroyd also confirmed there were no detections of ground water contamination.

A plan was approved by the NCDENR to move left over coal ash to an appropriate landfill. 

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