Danville Prepares for Coal Ash Spill Dredging

By: News Staff Email
By: News Staff Email
Danville officials are preparing for the dredging of coal ash from the Dan River.

Toxic sludge coats the hand of an environmental activist from Appalachian Voices. Since Sunday, thousands of tons of poisonous coal ash have dumped into the Dan River from a North Carolina electricity plant. (Gerry Broome/AP)

May 4, 2014

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - Danville officials are preparing for the dredging of coal ash from the Dan River.

The city says in a news release that Danville Utilities will close the city water treatment plant's intake valve during the day when dredging is occurring. The valve will be open in the evenings and overnight.

Water and wastewater treatment director Barry Dunkley says the change in hours of operation is a matter of exercising caution.

The coal ash has collected near the Schoolfield Dam. It's the result of a February spill upriver in North Carolina at an impoundment owned by Duke Energy.

Dredging could begin late this week.

Two cameras have been placed by the city at Abreu-Grogan Park to allow residents to watch the dredging operation. A live stream will be available at www.danrivercleanup.org.

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