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Important Information

  • A break Feb. 2 in a stormwater pipe beneath an ash basin at the retired Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C., caused a release of ash basin water and ash into the Dan River
  • Duke Energy permanently plugged the 36-inch and 48-inch storm water pipes.
  • Public drinking water remains 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.
  • Crews have completed work removing ash sediment from an area just downstream of the 48-inch stormwater pipe at the Dan River Plant.
  • Crews are removing an ash deposit located in the river upstream of the Schoolfield Dam near Danville, and are planning to remove a second deposit located about one mile downstream from the Dan River Plant. Other potential sites are currently being evaluated.
  • 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?
Call 800.265.6518


Duke Energy removes coal ash from the Dan River

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“We will do the right thing for the river and surrounding communities. We are accountable.” Paul Newton – President, Duke Energy North Carolina

Water Tests


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.

EPA Sediment Sampling Map

As part of ongoing efforts to monitor and restore the Dan River, the EPA tested sediment at dozens of points for the presence of coal ash. The agency took samples in March and again in May. The points are plotted on this map, indicating the percentage of ash found in the sediment in March (in blue on the map) and May (in purple on the map). “ND” means “non-detectable,” indicating that no ash was detectable in the sample.

Additional Information and Updates

Dan River Steam Station

Dan River Steam Station

Fact Sheet

  • Retirement: 2012
  • Capacity: 276 megawatts
  • Location: Rockingham County, North Carolina
  • Commercial Date: 1949

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