Businesses along Dan River: Entire river is not contaminated

STOKES COUNTY, N.C. – Businesses along the upstream Dan River are working to diffuse the misconception that the entire river is contaminated from the coal ash spill.

David Hoskins with the Dan Rover Company, Inc. said that he has customers from all over the world that use his kayak and canoe rentals to enjoy the river.

Since the coal ash spill downstream on February 2nd, Hoskins said customers are skeptical as to whether the area near his business is safe.

“People don’t realize that downstream means it’s not going to contaminate,” he said. “There’s no way that that ash can come up into this area.”

Hoskins said the Stokes County Economic Development groups have been actively working on a “Clean & Clear” campaign to highlight the areas upstream that are clear from contamination. Hoskins’ business is 50 miles upstream.

July is the peak time of the year for the Dan River Company and Hoskins hopes that the misconception won’t affect his summer profit.

Monday May12th, Duke Energy will offer the latest information on the cleanup of the coal ash deposit above the Schoolfield Dam in Danville, Virginia.

Also on Monday at 4:30 p.m., representatives invite the community to lean about the ash management plan, the operations that have retired at the Dan River Steam Station, and the new Dan River Combined Cycle plant.

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