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  • Coal Ash Spill

    Brian Williams, not shown, program manager for the Dan River Basin Association, scoops up coal ash on his canoe paddle from the bank of the Dan River as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash in Eden, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Duke Energy estimates that up to 82,000 tons of ash has been released from a break in a 48-inch storm water pipe at the Dan River Power Plant on Sunday. 

Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 8:41 pm

About a dozen types of fish — and the creatures they depend on for food — live in the Dan River, where nearly 85,000 tons of coal ash spilled into the water from a broken pipe Sunday upriver in Eden, N.C.

Toxic substances from the coal ash concern Matt Wasson, program director Appalachian Voices, a non-profit environmental organization.

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