Pipe break causes ash release at Dan River Steam Station
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 3, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --A break Sunday afternoon in a
stormwater pipe beneath an ash basin at the retired Dan River Steam Station in
Eden, N.C., has caused a release of ash basin water and ash into the Dan
The ash basin dam along the river has not been affected and remains secure.
Some erosion has occurred on the interior side of the berm farthest from the
river, and plant personnel and engineers are working today on a plan to
stabilize that area.
Freestanding water drained from the primary ash basin into the stormwater
pipe, and a team continues to work to eliminate the discharge from the pipe.
The basin was already at a lower level prior to this event since the coal
plant retired in 2012 and has not produced ash for some time. The primary
basin is about 27 surface acres.
Engineers are working to estimate the volume of water and ash that reached the
river, and the company will provide that detail when it is confirmed.
Duke Energy has dispatched a water quality monitoring team that will gather
data in the river. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
has been notified and is performing a site inspection. Local emergency
managers were notified as a precaution, and downstream municipal water
supplies remain unaffected.
The company already has been conducting studies for the most appropriate way
to close the ash basins at Dan River and other retired plant sites. Duke
Energy is committed to closing ash basins in a way that protects groundwater
long-term and is prudent for customers and neighbors.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded
on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about
the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.
Contact: Erin Culbert
24-Hour media line: 800.559.3853
SOURCE Duke Energy
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