NC chiefs bash scientist warning water near Duke pits unsafe

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Posted: Aug 09, 2016 6:12 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's administration is blasting a state toxicologist who worried in sworn testimony that state officials cleared well water near Duke Energy coal ash pits as safe to drink despite the presence of a chemical known to cause cancer.

High-ranking members of the state's environmental and health agencies lashed out Tuesday, a week after state toxicologist Ken Rudo's deposition was obtained by The Associated Press.

Rudo backed the warning level the state set last year for hexavalent chromium — one chance in a million of developing cancer over a lifetime. The state's public health director and Department of Environmental Quality assistant secretary told well owners in March their water is as safe as most municipal supplies.

Dr. Randall Williams and Tom Reeder now call Rudo's conclusions questionable and inconsistent.