Unknown substance found at Lake Hamilton

    3:43 PM, Jun 19, 2013   |    comments
    Lake Hamilton. Photo: Clay Hays/Hot Springs AR Info
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    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Authorities have been dealing with an unknown substance in Lake Hamilton since 10:30 Wednesday morning.

    County Judge Rick Davis says a resident in the Silverwood Terrace area noticed a visible "sheen" on the water and notified the Garland County Department of Emergency Management.

    Emergency management authorities searched the land and water in the area and found evidence of what Davis calls an "unknown substance" discovered in an isolated area. A sample was collected and sent for testing.

    Katherine Benenati with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality says they are not sure of the source of the substance.

    Inspectors searched farther upstream for the substance, but found nothing out of the ordinary. Davis says when they returned to the original area, they found the area clear and the substance was gone.

    Benenati says an oil spill has not been confirmed at this time. Davis says inspectors do not believe the substance was oil or petroleum-based. It was also reported that there was no apparent harm to aquatic life.

    Residents in the area are advised to contact Garland County Environmental Services to report any additional sightings.

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