Danville, VA - As the investigation into the Duke Energy coal ash spill continues, environmental agencies are still trying to determine the potential long term effects.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has turned its attention to the fish.Thursday, biologists caught 175 fish to test their tissue and determine how they may be affected by the ash. They plan to expedite the process of receiving the results.
Anti-uranium groups say this accident is an example of what could happen if the ban on uranium mining is lifted.
The proposed mine in Pittsylvania County would sit less than 10 miles from the Banister River.
The groups say they want it to be a wake up call for those who support uranium mining in Pittsylvania County.
Throughout the uranium debate on the Southside, people have been concerned about potential effects of mining on water quality.
Anti-uranium advocate Sarah Dunavant says a uranium-related accident like this would take years to fix, if it could be fixed at all.
Uranium supporters have consistently shot down the idea of uranium getting into the water as a result of a mine at Coles Hill, saying new technology has made it possible to mine safely, but Dunavant says this clearly shows just how easily a disaster can happen.
"Accidents do happen, and this reinforces what we already know. They do happen and sometimes we are just not prepared for them, " said Dunavant.
She attended a public meeting in South Boston Thursday to hear from Duke Energy and the EPA.
Dunavant says many questions about the long term effects this spill may have on the area went unanswered.