Interior Health downgrades water warning near Ashcroft

By James Peters
February 16, 2017 - 11:40am

ASHCROFT, B.C. — Interior Health says a Do Not Consume order in place on the Thompson River near Ashcroft for more than a month has been downgraded.

The order has been in place since a CP train derailment January 12 resulted in a coal spill into the river.

IH says ongoing sampling of coal collected from the spill site showed no detactable levels of seven chemicals used to process metallurgical coal.

That has led officials to remove the Do Not Consume order, and replace it with a Water Quality Advisory.

Using an alternative water source is still recommended.

The advisory covers a distance 70 kilometres downstream from the spill site, around the confluence of the Thompson and Fraser near Lytton.

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