North Carolina coal ash spill continues; Duke Energy promises clean up

The power company responsible for a North Carolina coal ash spill that has continued leak arsenic and mercury-laced burnt coal waste into a river used for drinking water pledged Friday to clean up the mess and apologized to communities affected by the crisis.  
It’s not clear yet how the power company plans to fix the problem, or if it plans to remove the coal ash pond, amid charges by environmental activists that the river’s levels of arsenic are now far too high in the spill’s aftermath.
Just a few miles downstream from where the power plant, shut in 2012, spilled 82,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River in Eden, North Carolina lies the regional hub of Danville, Va., a town of 43,000, where Duke Energy representatives met with city council members and the public Friday to describe the ongoing spill and what the company was doing about it.

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Photo: Chuck Burton/AP

North Carolina coal ash spill continues; Duke Energy promises clean up

The power company responsible for a North Carolina coal ash spill that has continued leak arsenic and mercury-laced burnt coal waste into a river used for drinking water pledged Friday to clean up the mess and apologized to communities affected by the crisis.  

It’s not clear yet how the power company plans to fix the problem, or if it plans to remove the coal ash pond, amid charges by environmental activists that the river’s levels of arsenic are now far too high in the spill’s aftermath.

Just a few miles downstream from where the power plant, shut in 2012, spilled 82,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River in Eden, North Carolina lies the regional hub of Danville, Va., a town of 43,000, where Duke Energy representatives met with city council members and the public Friday to describe the ongoing spill and what the company was doing about it.

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Photo: Chuck Burton/AP