Snyder: Tenmile Creek radiation testing finds acceptable levels

Samples find little change from earlier analysis; more testing planned

HARRISBURG, May 13 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said that further radiation testing near along Tenmile Creek near the Clyde Mine Treatment Facility in Greene County has found acceptable results in water and sludge samples.

“The state Department of Environmental Protection tested five sites in January closer to the treatment plant near Clarksville, and the results were little changed from analyses done in June of last year,” Snyder said. “None of the results exceeded federal radiation thresholds or were inconsistent with conditions associated with flooded mines.”

Snyder said the latest results buttress extensive testing performed in June 2015 as well as independent analyses reported last year by the West Virginia Water Research Institute, both of which found no dangerous levels of radiation. The testing was spurred by reports of elevated radiation levels in water samples taken in spring 2014.

According to the sampling summary, compiled by the DEP’s Bureau of Radiation Protection and California District Mining Office, treated sludge from January and June 2015 are the only samples found with radiological results statistically above laboratory detection limits.

“Tests done at the creek last month are in the laboratory being analyzed, and another round of testing is scheduled for next month,” Snyder said. “I’m growing more confident that the region will have solid scientific benchmarks on the stream’s health to review when the testing is complete.”

The latest DEP sample results and analysis are available on Snyder’s legislative website, www.pahouse.com/Snyder.