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A break Sunday afternoon in a stormwater pipe beneath an ash basin at the retired Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C., has caused a release of ash basin water and ash into the Dan River. Danville Utilities has been able to successfully treat the water.
“We were notified Sunday of the spill into the river, and we were able to treat it,” said Barry Dunkley, division director of water and wastewater treatment for Danville Utilities. “All water leaving our treatment facility has met public health standards. We do not anticipate any problems going forward in treating the water we draw from the Dan River.”
City of Danville Emergency Management staff have been monitoring the situation and have been in consultation with Duke Energy, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.