UPDATED: March 4, 2014
Recent news about the coal ash spill:
There's a lot of questions about Duke Energy's coal ash spill on the Dan River.
Sue Sturgis from the Institute for Southern Studies has pulled together the numbers that really put this disaster into perspective. Aside from Sue's good reporting, news outlets from WRAL to the News & Observer to the LA Times are covering this disaster. Please check out some of the articles on this issue and share your thoughts on our Facebook page.
Tons of coal ash spill into N.C. river (LA Times) -- Tens of thousands of tons of coal ash have spilled into the Dan River from a closed North Carolina coal plant since Sunday, but drinking water supplies have not been affected, according to municipal officials and the plant's owner, Duke Energy. Between 50,000 and 82,000 tons of ash have poured into the Dan River, which flows between North Carolina and Virginia, Duke Energy said. Corporate officials, who blamed a broken storm water pipe, said Tuesday that the utility was still working to stop the leak at the Dan River Steam Station in Eden. About 24 to 27 million gallons of basin water from a 27-acre coal ash reservoir at the retired plant also spilled into the river, Duke Energy said in a statement. The company said a temporary plug had stopped most of the coal ash flow, and crews were working to completely fix the leak. Crews were inserting a camera into the broken pipe to devise a long-term solution, the statement said.