It took nearly a week to stem the spill, which sent millions of gallons of sludge from a retired power plant into a river that supplies drinking water to communities in Nike Blue And Orange Shoes
Coal ash, the material that remains after burning coal for electricity, contains metals such as arsenic, selenium and cadmium.
(CNN) The coal ash poured out of a broken pipe into the Dan River, turning water into dark muck.
we supposed to feel good that there are only four hazardous toxins, including a carcinogen, in our drinking water supply? taken by the Waterkeeper Alliance last week contained high levels of arsenic, chromium, iron, lead and other toxic metals, the group said in a statement.
Arsenic levels higher than initially reported after coal ash spill in Dan River
The North Carolina spill comes weeks after a chemical spill in West Virginia left 300,000 people unable to use their water supply for days. Now, a federal grand jury is looking into that spill in what one official called a criminal investigation.
the company senior vice president of power generation operations, said in a statement Saturday. are accountable for what has happened and have plenty of work ahead of us. over drinking water, wildlife
Workers stopped the spill by plugging the broken pipe with concrete this weekend. Now government scientists and the United States largest electric utility face a daunting task: cleaning it up.
stood on the bank a day or two after the spill, and I can say that I openly cried, she said. was thinking, can this ever heal? How can this ever be cleaned up? And what is this going to do to what I would consider one of the most beautiful parts of our country?' she said, cleanup is key.
Parrish said Sunday that the utility is in the midst of plans to close the sites where it stores coal ash in North Carolina.
Some environmental activists in the area say they aren so sure. They fear the consequences for wildlife and Nike Shoes For Boys 2018 say that the situation shows state regulators haven done enough to crack down on Duke Energy.
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is another shameless attempt by (environmental officials) to downplay the risks facing the communities along the Dan River downstream, Peter Harrison of the Waterkeeper Alliance advocacy group said in a written statement to CNN on Friday.
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On Saturday, six days later, the company said it had plugged the broken pipe that was causing the spill and was working with officials on developing a cleanup plan.
certainly cause for concern for the long term impacts of this coal ash spill on the health of the Dan River, he said.
Tests of the river last week revealed levels of copper, aluminum, iron and arsenic above state standards for surface water, state environmental officials said.
State environmental officials said Sunday that arsenic levels appeared to be decreasing, but recommended avoiding prolonged direct contact with the river in the area of the spill until further notice.
have a cleanup effort that is going to be difficult, said Sam Perkins, who works for the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to protecting waterways in the area. shows even a small spill has an impact on the ecosystem.
It unclear what that could mean for wildlife in the area, said Jamie Kritzer, a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Environmental advocates warn that the damage could be significant, potentially harming fish in the river and impacting the food chain.
Tests since the spill have turned up higher levels of harmful chemicals such as arsenic in the river. But so far, officials say tap water is safe to drink.
not downplaying risks. We doing our objective analysis of what we seeing so far, and I think we are concerned, he said. Dan River is a gem, and people value it throughout the state for not only being a source of drinking water, but also for its aquatic life that it provides a home to and all the recreational uses. This is certainly something that concerns all of us. Haworth, executive director of the Dan River Basin Association, first learned about the spill from a mail carrier, who warned that the river water had turned black. The situation is heartbreaking, she said.
longer it allowed to sit there he sediment that has not gone down the river will be constantly churned up as it goes downstream, and the longer that we wait, obviously the more damage can occur, she said.
State and federal agencies are working with Duke Energy to figure out the next steps for cleanup, he said. At this point, it unclear how long that could take.
efforts have been under way to not only plug the pipe and cap the system, which we successfully achieved last night, but also to test water quality. We been testing water quality since the leak occurred and will continue to do so, she said. quality tests will inform our cleanup efforts and accelerate our planning for the best long term solution at the site. before last week spill, coal ash contamination was a concern for North Carolina officials. The state filed lawsuits against Duke Energy last year, asking the court to order the utility to deal with groundwater and wastewater violations at 14 sites where the byproducts of coal power plants are stored, according to a statement from Gov. Pat McCrory office.
that it found the leak in a 48 inch stormwater pipe at the retired Dan River Steam Station in Eden, North Carolina, on February 2.
The utility has apologized for the spill and vowed to clean up any damage.
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