A spokesman for Waterkeeper Alliance reports a pipe on the Dan river that is discharging water across oddly colored “orange-ish red,” slimy rocks.
Remember when the Waterkeeper Alliance’s Pete Harrison told the EPA about the third leak, nearly a month ago? No, well, the Internet does.
Harrison of the Waterkeeper group broached the possibility of an additional, continuing source of pollution from the Eden power plant during a public meeting on cleanup efforts Tuesday evening in Danville, hosted by the EPA.
He said that he boated past Duke Energy’s coal ash basin next to the river “four times on four different days,” and each time noticed the pipe discharging significant amounts of water across oddly colored “orange-ish red” rocks that felt slimy.
The pipe is located at the upstream edge of the coal ash basin that leaked through the other downstream pipe, he said. EPA officials said Tuesday evening they would look into the issue.
The state says that water from a third pipe at the Dan River Steam Station is not violating state water regulations although tests show coal ash in the discharge.
Read the state’s press release.
Duke Energy’s coal ash pond in Eden, N.C., which dumped 39,000 tons of poisonous sludge and slurry into the Dan River on Feb. 2 — the third-largest such spill in U.S. history — has refocused national attention on the environmental damage these holding ponds can render.
Actually, it’s 37 coal ash ponds in N.C. … but, that’s a number that gets confused a lot.
It’s a good article; worth the time to read.
By the way, did you know it’s Groundwater Awareness week? How ‘bout that timing?!