Cross Posted from the Sierra Club’s Compass blog

On Sunday, a stormwater pipe burst underneath an unlined pit storing wet coal ash at a retired Duke Energy coal plant in Eden, North Carolina, spilling up to 82,000 tons of coal ash and 27 million gallons of wastewater into the Dan River, six miles upstream from a drinking water source. Even more disturbing than that deeply disturbing news is that Duke Energy didn’t issue a press release and inform the public about this massive spill until 24 hours after it was discovered.

This event is far from over as the river is grey from the coal ash and Duke Energy has yet to implement a permanent solution to stop the flow of coal ash into the river.

Read the rest on Compass

Photo by Appalachian Voices

Photo by Appalachian Voices

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Kelly Martin is the Sierra Club’s North Carolina Senior Campaign Representative.

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