Second Pipe Leaking Near Coal Ash Spill

Feb 18, 2014 by


Duke Energy: 2nd Leaking Pipe At North Carolina Coal Ash Dump Is No Danger

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In this Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 photo, a pipe from the Dan River Power Plant where coal ash spilled is seen along the Dan River as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations in Eden, N.C. Duke Energy estimates that up to 82,000 tons of ash has been released from a break in the 48-inch storm water pipe. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

EDEN, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy says a second pipe under a coal ash dump in North Carolina is not in immediate danger of collapse, despite concerns from state regulators that the pipe could fail and trigger another toxic spill into the Dan River.

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Friday that video taken inside the pipe shows potentially contaminated water leaking in through gaps and then out into the river.

Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan says the company’s assessment is that “no immediate action” is necessary. The state has given Duke 10 days to come up with a plan to fix the leaks.

The third largest coal ash spill in U.S. history was triggered Feb. 2 when a similar pipe at Duke’s dump collapsed.

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