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Toxic coal ash spill on the Dan River

Posted by Charles II on February 7, 2014

Via WattleBreakfast on DailyKos, Michael Biesecker of the Raleigh News & Observer:

Since the leak was first discovered by a security guard Sunday afternoon, Duke [Energy] estimates up to 82,000 tons of ash mixed with 27 million gallons of contaminated water has spilled into the river. Officials at the nation’s largest electricity provider say they cannot provide a timetable for when the leak will be fully contained, though the flow has lessened significantly as the pond has emptied.

An Associated Press reporter canoed downstream of the spill at the Dan River Steam Station and saw gray sludge several inches deep, coating the riverbank for more than two miles. The Dan had crested overnight, leaving a distinctive gray line that contrasted with the brown bank like a dirty ring on a bathtub.

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