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One Year After Spill, NC is Moving Forward on Coal Ash

One Year After Spill, NC is Moving Forward on Coal Ash

A year after a broken storm water pipe under a coal ash pond sent almost 40,000 tons of waste into the Dan River, North Carolina has begun to address its aftermath.

The Feb. 2, 2014 spill at Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C., caused the state to work toward creating regulation regarding the storage and management of coal ash at Duke Energy’s 14 coal facilities.

Tiffany Haworth, director of the Dan River Basin Association, said in an email that while the river is now safe for recreation and aquatic life, the effects of the spill on future aquatic life are unknown.

“The fact remains that over 30,000 tons of coal ash containing heavy metals remains at the bottom of the Dan River,” Haworth said.

Continue reading at The Daily Tar Heel

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