Duke Energy starts dredging river as coal ash deal dumped
RALEIGH, N.C. — Duke Energy said it plans to begin dredging coal ash out of the Dan River on Tuesday after last week’s massive spill.
The Associated Press reported that lawyers for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources asked a judge Monday to disregard its own proposed settlement with Duke.
Under the deal, Duke would have paid fines of $99,111 for pollution that leaked from two coal dumps. Enough toxic sludge was spewed into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.
The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it will share the results from water samples taken from the river.
There is a settlement in place with Duke Energy over the spill, but now it’s on hold until an investigation is complete.
Gov. Pat McCrory said during a news conference Tuesday morning that he wants to learn more about the spill before making too many decisions.