Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Duke Energy Coal Ash Cleanup: Live Images from Abreu-Grogan Park in Danville, VA

24/7 Police present???

Notice the gray barge thing on the right shore of the DR......

Click here for future pictures:  http://www.danville-va.gov/index.aspx?NID=1725

History:  Removal Information

Duke Energy soon will begin removal of a deposit of coal ash from the Dan River, just upstream of the Schoolfield Dam. Currently, crews are in the process of mobilizing for the cleanup. The City of Danville has placed two cameras at Abreu-Grogan Park that will provide live feeds to allow you to follow the cleanup activities. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the deposit located?

The deposit of coal ash is located on the north bank of the river, across from the park.

How much coal ash will be removed from this site?
The deposit spans 350 yards by 20 yards, according to Duke Energy. It measures up to one foot in depth. The total volume is estimated at 3,000 cubic yards.

How will the coal ash be removed?
Crews from will use vacuum dredging and dewatering equipment in the park and the river as part of the removal operation. The removal process will involve vacuuming material from the river and then removing water from that material. The material is then placed in lined containers for transport to an approved lined landfill. Crews will monitor the river and take steps to prevent movement of the coal ash during the removal process.

Who will remove the coal ash?
Duke Energy has hired a contractor, Phillips and Jordan, which is the general and specialty company that performed the cleanup at the huge Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash spill in Kingston, Tenn., in 2008.

How long will the cleanup take?
Work at the site and in the river is expected to be completed in late June, with park reopening to the public by early July.

What created the coal ash deposit?
The deposit was created after a pipe under the main coal ash pond at Duke Energy’s shuttered Dan River Steam Station -- located 20 miles upstream from Danville -- broke on Feb. 2 and spewed 30,000-39,000 tons of coal ash and 24-27 million gallons of water into the river.

How was the deposit identified?
The deposit was identified through an extensive survey of the river, conducted by teams from Duke Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal and state agencies.


Ash Spill Resources
A Message from the City Manager City Manager Joe King discusses the recent coal ash spill, what coal ash is, drinking water safety, and the overall health of the Dan River.

 Duke EnergyDuke Energy - Dan River Response

Duke Energy: Twitter

Duke Energy: Ash Management

Federal AgenciesU.S. Environmental Protection Agency - On-Scene Coordinator - Eden, NC

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - EPA Response to Duke Energy Ash Spill
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Coal Combustion Residuals Proposed Rule

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Coal Fly Ash, Bottom Ash, Boil Slag Information

North Carolina State Agencies

N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Dan River Coal Ash Spill

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services - Epidemiology

Virginia State AgenciesVirginia Department of Health

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Local Information

Dan River Basin Association

Danville - River City TV

Danville - Local Government News and Announcements

Danville Utilities - Latest Water Analysis Information

PhotosDuke Energy Flickr: Dan River Ash Basin Release

Duke Energy Website: Dan River Ash Basin Release

OtherTVA - Kingston Ash Recovery Project - Fact SheetEPA - TVA Kingston Fossil Fuel Plant Release Information