EPA says Duke Energy done dredging coal ash from Dan River

|About: Duke Energy Corporation (DUK)|By:, SA News Editor

Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) has completed removal of coal ash from the Dan River months after a massive spill at a North Carolina power plant, EPA officials said yesterday.

DUK dredged up ~2,500 tons of ash and contaminated sediment that settled against a dam in Danville, Va., and another 500 tons was recovered from other pockets in the river and settling tanks at two municipal water treatment plants in Virginia.

The EPA says if more large deposits of contamination are later discovered, DUK will be required to remove them.

DUK estimates ~39K tons of coal ash spewed into the Dan after a drainage pipe collapsed Feb. 2 at a waste dump, turning the river gray for more than 70 miles.