82,000 tons of coal ash spill into North Carolina river
An estimated 82,000 tons of coal ash, along with millions of gallons of contaminated water, has leaked from a retired power plant in Eden, N.C. into the Dan River, according to the Associated Press. The leak was discovered on Sunday,
Hundreds of people are working to resolve the leak, said Duke Energy, the company that owns the power plant. “We are exploring multiple options to permanently and safely seal the broken stormwater pipe that has released ash into the river,” Charlie Gates, a senior vice president at the company, said in a statement. Flow to the river significantly decreased throughout the day Tuesday. It fluctuated a bit earlier [Wednesday] but has been very low this afternoon.”
The company said it was working with local officials to determine whether the leak has contaminated any water supplies.