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Sierra Club - Explore, enjoy and protect the planet

Dear Friend,

Duke's spill on the Dan River is one of over a dozen coal ash sites threatening our water

Tell Duke CEO Lynn Good to clean up both the Dan River spill and coal ash across the state

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In Eden, NC, the Dan River is running gray from a massive coal ash spill at Duke Energy's retired Dan River coal plant.

On Monday afternoon, Duke Energy announced that a stormwater pipe ruptured underneath a coal ash pond, carrying toxic coal ash into the Dan River. It has been actively spilling waste since Sunday. Up to 82,000 tons of coal ash have already been spilled and no permanent fix is in place to stop the leak. [1]

Sound familiar? This is the same story we hear over and over when it comes to coal and its toxic legacy. From mountaintop removal mining to coal ash waste, coal is deadly from cradle to grave.

Duke, as the country’s largest utility, needs to do more to protect North Carolinians and our water supply. Tell CEO Lynn Good to clean up the toxic mess left from burning coal.

Duke Energy operates thirteen other coal ash pits across North Carolina, where toxic chemicals like arsenic, lead, and selenium from the coal ash are known to be leaking into the groundwater. These unregulated leaks are already impacting us, from endangering wildlife to human health. How long will Duke Energy be allowed to pollute our waterways?

To make matters worse, the EPA has rated ten of these coal ash dams, including the one on the Dan River where the spill happened, as being "high hazard."[2] Duke has known about the problems with their coal ash ponds for years but done nothing to significantly clean them up.

Tell Duke Energy that it is unacceptable to pollute our waters with coal ash. Clean up the mess in the Dan River immediately and clean up the toxic coal ash ponds across the state to prevent another spill.

Thanks for everything you do to protect the environment,

Kelly Martin
Beyond Coal Campaign
Sierra Club

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References 

[1] Smith, Alexander, NBC News, "82,000 Tons Of Coal Ash Spill From Plant Into North Carolina River," February 6, 2014.
[2] EPA, "Coal Combustion Residues (CCR) - Surface Impoundments with High Hazard Potential Ratings," updated April 2012.



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