Interior Health says water samples fine following spill

Cleanup continues at the Tulameen River following an Aug. 24 coal mining spill.

PRINCETON - A coal mining company hopes silt dams and silt fencing will mean no more particulates entering the Tulameen River.

Coalmont Energy Corp. placed two temporary silt dams and four silt fencing stations along Collins Gulch following Aug. 24's 24,605 litre spill of coal mine tailing water.

The catching devices were installed Saturday and Sunday and approved by the environment ministry. A Washington state firm is on site today to determine what further cleanup is necessary.

On Friday company officials met with about 50 residents of Coalmont and Tulameen at Tulameen Community Hall. Company president Kerry Leong was present along with Interior Health Authority officials. They said water sample results are within normal ranges and fall within the acceptable parameters of the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines.

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