Work continues at Dan River Steam Station

                  Work continues at Dan River Steam Station

PR Newswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 4, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Work continues today at the Dan
River Steam Station in Rockingham County, N.C., to manage the release of ash
and ash basin water into the Dan River.

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"We're working closely with local, state and federal authorities," said Keith
Trent, executive vice president. "Company leaders, engineers, scientists,
environmental specialists, industry experts and plant personnel assembled at
the site have been working around the clock to safely devise both short- and
long-term solutions, as well as to continually monitor the effects of the

On Sunday, a 48-inch stormwater pipe under the ash basin at the retired coal
plant broke, allowing ash and water from the ash basin to flow into the river.
The company estimates that approximately 50,000 to 82,000 tons of ash and 24
to 27 million gallons of basin water reached the river. The release slowed
significantly overnight.

Duke Energy continues to work closely with downstream municipal water
officials to monitor for potential effects from the release. Drinking water
supplies remain unaffected.

Crews at the site are working to insert a camera into the broken stormwater
pipe to help experts engineer a long-term solution. In addition, a team of ash
basin experts have located the broken pipe and cleared the area around it,
which will help facilitate the repair.

Duke Energy also continues to work with the N.C. Department of Environment and
Natural Resources, United States Environmental Protection Agency and other
local and state authorities.

As reported yesterday, the ash basin dam along the river has not been affected
and remains secure. Also, work continues to stabilize the bank erosion on the
inside of the ash pond, closest to the retired power plant and away from the

The ash basin was already at a lower level prior to this event since the coal
plant retired in 2012 and has not produced coal ash since then. The primary
basin is about 27 surface acres.

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