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)
March 29, 2014
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - A North Carolina power company will begin cleaning up a large coal ash deposit from the Dan River in Danville next week.
A park along the Dan will be closed Tuesday so Duke Energy can begin removing the toxic sludge from a massive spill upriver in North Carolina.
Danville officials say Duke expects the work to end in July.
The Register & Bee reports that Duke crews and contractors will use the park as a staging area. The park includes a boat access ramp and a boathouse. The city will be compensated for revenue losses related to the closing.
Duke officials said the deposit spans 350 yards by 20 yards and is about a foot deep.
City, federal and state officials have said treated city water exceeds safe-drinking standards.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.