Duke Energy completes cleanup work along Dan River

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DANVILLE, Va. -- Duke Energy has completed cleanup work along the Dan River just upstream of the Schoolfield Dam in Danville, Va., according to a news release from the company.

Completion of the work was reviewed and approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to Duke Energy.

Approximately 2,500 tons of coal ash and river sediment have been removed since May 6 from sites in Danville and South Boston, Virginia and at the Dan River Steam Station in Eden where the spill happened back on Feb. 2.

“It's changed a lot for people," said Arthur Ferrell, who lives downstream in Danville. "Everybody went to buying store-bought water until it was all over with.”

The company says with the EPA supervising, they conducted 2,000 water samples and found the water to be safe to drink.

“I just don’t trust it now, not yet," said Taylor Allison, of Danville. Allison says the company's work isn't good enough for the people asked to use it every day. “I think a lot of people are still paranoid. I feel like they think it’s too soon for it all to be out.”

The company transported the coal ash and sediment to a landfill in Person County, North Carolina.

Demobilization and restoration activities will continue at the Schoolfield Dam Park for the next two weeks, the company said.

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