Officials: Ash residue not a health threat

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Residents in East Liverpool are being told there is no cause for concern over an ash cloud this past weekend.

Heritage Thermal Services, which owns the incinerator that spewed the ash, said Thursday initial test results show the ash does not pose a health threat.

They tested the initial ash debris for 23 compounds, including aluminum, antimony, arsenic, barium, beryllium, cadmium,  calcium, chromium, copper, iron, lead, lithium, magnesium, manganese, mercury, nickel, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, silver, sodium, thallium and zinc.

Results from soil testing won’t be available for another month.  It’s believed an ash build up in the incinerator caused the ash cloud that covered homes, yards and city streets.

HTS President John Avdellas said they are continuing to collect samples and they have hired an environmental specialist to plan, conduct and report the findings of soil tests, which should take about a month to complete.

The company offered free car washes and deployed cleanup crews in the East End to clean houses, pools and other places where the dust had settled. It also contracted the city’s street sweeper to clean the streets.

The company has established an 800 number for resident to call with questions and concerns. The call center will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday. The number is 1-800-343-1984.

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