Duke Energy CEO, environmentalists agree to visit contaminated river

Duke Energy (DUK) CEO Lynn Good agreed to take a canoe trip with environmental activists at a testy annual meeting focused on DUK's response to the recent spill of coal ash into the Dan River.

"We have taken responsibility and we will do the right thing," Good said as she outlined short-term solutions such as vacuuming wet ash from the river bottom as well as a long-term plan for dealing with the 32 other basins in North Carolina where the company stores coal ash.

Good told shareholders that the past year had been a good one despite the accident, as DUK responded well to an unusually cold winter, realized more savings than expected from its 2012 merger with Progress Energy, and continued to reduce its carbon footprint.

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