Dan River Response
- Duke Energy has permanently plugged the 36-inch and 48-inch storm water pipes.
- Public drinking water is safe. Ongoing water sampling demonstrates the Dan River has returned to pre-event water quality conditions.
- We estimate that 30,000 to 39,000 tons of ash was released into the Dan River.
- Our scientists continue to work closely with experts from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources to study and monitor the Dan River.
- We will not ask customers to pay the costs associated with the Dan River incident.
Have questions or concerns about the Dan River ash release?
“We will do the right thing for the river and surrounding communities. We are accountable.” ■ Paul Newton – President, Duke Energy North Carolina
Duke Energy is working closely with municipal drinking water companies, the state of North Carolina, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to share its sampling results for comparison with their analysis. Duke Energy test results demonstrate that water quality continues to improve downstream of the Dan River Steam Station, and drinking water supplies remain safe.
Testing private wells
The state and EPA have communicated that private wells are safe. However residents who live near the Dan River Steam Station and would like to have their well tested may call 800.265.6518. We will take your contact information and get back in touch with details.
Additional Information and Updates
- Transcript of Duke Energy testimony before the N.C. Environmental Review Commission on February 17, 2014
- N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Dan River Coal Ash Spill
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - On-Scene Coordinator - Eden, NC
- Dan River Basin Association - Coal Ash Spill - Water Quality and Safety Information
Dan River Steam Station
- Retirement: 2012
- Capacity: 276 megawatts
- Location: Rockingham County, North Carolina
- Commercial Date: 1949