Duke Energy’s coal ash spill

Remember, there is no toxic spilling from wind or solar and organic batteries.

It is a year today that another Duke Energy coal ash spill, this one into the Dan River in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Coal Ash, the left over from burning coal, is loaded with arsenic, lead, aluminum, selenium, chromium and mercury!

This leak covered the bottom of the river up to five feet thick covering seventy miles of the river with 39,00 tons of coal ash from the spill.

Duke Energy’s president is telling us, even though the clean up job will never be finished that the river has recovered?

Dan River recovering after coal ash spill as fines weighed

RALEIGH, N.C.

“A year after the sudden collapse of an old drainage pipe triggered the third largest coal ash spill in U.S. history, regulators say they are still working to determine how much to find the nation’s largest electricity company.

It took nearly a week to plug the leak from Duke Energy’s Eden coal ash dump that began Feb. 2, 2014 and coated 70 miles of the Dan River in gray sludge.

North Carolina environmental officials quickly issued Duke a pair of formal notices outlining violations of wastewater and storm water regulations.

The company was issued additional notices for violations after regulators found issues at other Duke coal ash dumps across the state.

A key issue in assessing what Duke will eventually pay depends on what, if any, long-range damage was done by the estimated 39,000 tons of ash spilled into the river.

Coal ash, the waste from coal burned to generate electricity, contains toxic arsenic, selenium, chromium and mercury.

So far, officials at both Duke and North Carolina’s environmental enforcement agency say recent surveys of aquatic animals show the river is recovering.

“I am glad to say that the river is thriving, and there’s hard science that tells us so,” Paul Newton, Duke Energy’s president for North Carolina operations, said Tuesday.

Tests on water samples collected downstream of the spill immediately after the spill showed high readings for arsenic, lead and aluminum.

Those levels dropped within days, however, after the ash settled to the river bottom in drifts as thick as five feet.

Under the supervision of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, contractors hired by Duke vacuumed out the largest pockets, recovering less than 8 percent of the ash before stopping in July.

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Duke Energy engineers and contractors survey the site of a coal ash spill at the Dan River Power Plant in Eden, N.C., on Feb. 5, 2014 as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of the spill into the river.

MICHAEL BIESECKER and MITCH WEISS – Associated Press

AP FILE

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/dan-river-recovering-coal-ash-spill-fines-weighed-28643057

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