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Pipe found in Dan River may provide clues to coal ash spill

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EDEN, N.C. — Duke Energy utility works have recovered a piece of metal pipe in the Dan River, which may be an important clue to explaining how and why a massive coal ash spill occurred two months ago at a retired Eden power plant.

According to the News and Record, the pipe was apparently part of the drainage line that failed on Feb. 2, gushing as much as 39,000 tons of toxic coal ash into the river.

The corrugated pipe was found two weeks ago about 720 feet downstream from the broken pipeline.

Officials say it may have played a role in the accident at the shuttered plant, but investigators are still piecing together the full story.

Read more: News and Record