Thursday, February 6, 2014

Report: Dan River ‘highly toxic’ due to Duke Energy coal ash spill

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Posted on: 3:57 pm, February 6, 2014, by , updated on: 05:51pm, February 6, 2014
EDEN, N.C. — A certified laboratory analysis of water samples taken from the Dan River on Feb. 4 reveal that...
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    EDEN, N.C. — Environmentalist and the EPA returned Wednesday to conduct more water test of the Dan River after 27...
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  • Posted on: 3:24 pm, February 4, 2014, by , updated on: 07:55am, February 6, 2014
    EDEN, N.C. — Duke Energy, along with federal, state and local teams, are working to stop a coal ash spill...
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  • Posted on: 8:13 am, February 4, 2014, by
    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Officials are keeping an eye on Dan River after a coal ash spill from a storm...
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    Many Wonder If Coal Ash Leak In River Could Have Been Prevented - ABC13 Feb 06, 2014 3:35 PM EST

    Danville, VA - ABC 13 has learned that this is not the first time Duke Energy has had problems with a coal ash pond, but many say this is by far the most severe leak in the company's history.
    Duke Energy says it is leaking intermittently as of Thursday afternoon. Company officials say the leak was first found by a security guard who noticed the pond levels were low. Crews are now working to put a stop to it.

    With coal ash still leaking into the Dan River, many wonder if the leak could have been prevented.

    "We are accountable and we are committed to putting all the necessary resources needed to stop this leak. We will not stop until this work is complete," said Meghan Musgrave, Spokesperson for Duke Energy.

    Duke Energy representatives say the Dan River plant opened decades ago, before companies were using liners for the ash ponds. After the plant closed in 2012, the ash pond remained.

    "Having it that close to the river, I do believe was a disaster waiting to happen," said Brian Williams, Program Manager with Dan River Basin Association.

    Duke, however, says they regularly monitor the pond and have found high levels of some heavy metals which they tell us already exist in North Carolina soil. What they couldn't answer was the last time the storm drain pipe, which opened and caused this leak, was inspected.

    "It's disturbing, the emotional impact hasn't even set in with us," said Williams.

    The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources filed a lawsuit against Duke Energy last year. While still in litigation, the Department claimed that there were potentially dangerous violations at the Dan River plant as well as 11 others.