Coal, Emissions, Policy & Regulations, Water Treatment

Duke Energy, EPA sign Dan River cleanup agreement

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  have signed an agreement over the cleanup of coal ash that flowed into the Dan River after a stormwater pipe broke at the company’s retired Dan River coal-fired power plant in North Carolina, on Feb. 2.

“This agreement represents a significant milestone in Duke Energy’s ongoing efforts to restore and monitor the Dan River and surrounding environment. Duke Energy is fully committed to the river’s long-term health and well-being. River water quality has returned to normal and drinking water has remained safe,” Duke said.

Under the agreement, Duke will:

  • Remove any remaining coal ash from the Dan River withing a 27-mile radius,
  •  Continue to test water,
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive removal site assessment to determine contamination levels at the Dan River, including the Kerr Reservoir,
  • Dispose off-site all recovered coal ash, and
  • Submit a report on the structural integrity of impoundments and storm sewer lines running under the coal ash basin.

In addition, Duke is required to submit a work plan for coal ash removal to the EPA no later than July 15.

To read the agreement in full, click here