SOUTHPORT--Middle school baseball players can return to the field at South Brunswick Middle School.
The school district has kept players off the ball field after finding coal ash last year during a re-grading project.
The NC Department of Environmental and Natural Resources has now deemed the field safe to play on after analyzing samples taken from the field.
"We've gone through extensive examinations of the soil and just today have received word that the soil is safe and we may resume student play on those fields," said Superintendent Dr. Edward Pruden.
The coal ash was initially used during a field project in 1992.
"The type of coal ash that they spread in there is very good free-draining material, so that was likely their motivation," said Stephen Miley, Executive Director of Operations.
The field will stay as is, but NCDENR has directed the school system to remove a small pile of ash and soil near the field.