Coal ash spills from a stormwater pipe into the Dan River.

Coal ash spills from a stormwater pipe into the Dan River.

On Sunday, February 2, 2014 a stormwater pipe burst beneath a coal ash impoundment at Duke Energy’s retired Dan River Power Station near Eden, North Carolina. Duke Energy originally estimated that between 50,000 to 82,000 tons of coal ash and up to 27 million gallons of wastewater ran into the Dan River. The utility’s revised calculations halved the amount of spilled coal ash to 30,000-39,000 tons and 24 million gallons of wastewater. Even if the lower estimates are correct, that’s still 140,000 tons of toxic waste contaminating Dan River.
That amount of ash is enough to fill 20-32 Olympic-sized swimming pools, for comparison the Kingston TVA disaster dumped over 1 billion gallons of ash into the Clinch and Emory Rivers.

This page contains links to news articles, pictures, press releases, videos and other information concerning the Dan River disaster. If you have materials to add, please email them to joan@cleanenergy.org.

June 9, 2014

New York Times: Duke Energy Agrees to Fund Dan River Cleanup

May 12, 2014

Charlotte Observer: Duke Energy begins coal ash dredging in Dan River

April 29, 2014

Danville Register and Bee: Danville set to hire attorney to pursue coal ash clean up

April 21, 2014

Roanoke Times: Coal ash spill effects unknown

April 18, 2014

WNCN News: NC State report says Dan River water safe for farm use

Triad Business Journal: Duke Energy tallies costs for Dan River spill

April 15, 2014

Danville Register & Bee: Duke Energy to take coal ash to NC landfill

April 13, 2014

Go Dan River: Better late than never? Perhaps so

April 11, 2014

News & Observer: Communities along Dan River demand quick cleanup

April 9, 2014

GoDanRiver: EPA to discuss river cleanup 

April 3, 2014

News & Record: NC State Experts to OK Dan River water for farms

April 2, 2014

Triad Business Journal: Duke Energy CEO discussed Dan River spill at Charlotte Luncheon

NPR: Concerns linger for NC residents after coal ash spill

April 1, 2014

Go Dan River: River Cleaning Equipment Arrives in Danville

March 28, 2014

Huffington Post: Duke shareholders call on company’s board for coal ash spill investigation

March 27, 2014

TriplePundit: Towns impacts by Dan River coal ash spill continue to struggle

March 25, 2014

News & Record: Poll finds voters worried by coal ash, Dan River spill

March 24, 2014

Go Dan River: Farmers along Dan River worry about livelihood

WNCN: Lawyer hired by NC in spill probe represented Duke

The Gazette-Virginian: Ash spill costs top $12,722 locally, so far

March 23, 2014

WFMY: Picnic for the Dan River: Community rallies

March 22, 2014

News & Record: Dan River supporters rally in Eden

Danville Register & Bee: Environmental groups push Duke to clean up ash ponds at rally

Reidsville Review: People come out to support Dan River

News & Observer: Dan River coal ash pollution angers and worries Virginians

The Washington Post: Virginia city downriver from coal ash spill suffers

March 20, 2014

SACE: Dan River groups seek cleanup of Duke’s coal ash pollution

NC Policy Watch: Judge denies Duke’s request for stay on cleanup of coal ash

March 19, 2014

Roanoke Times: Risks to coal ash pipe apparently cast aside

Richmond Times-Dispatch: McAuliffe expects Duke Energy to pay for coal ash spill

WDBJ: Government biologists uncertain about coal ash effects on Dan River marine life

News & Advance: Keeping their eye on the ash spill

March 18, 2014

News & Advance: Vacuums to pull ash from Schoolfield dam

WRIC: Virginia governor expects Duke to pony up for coal ash spill

WSET: DEQ addresses city council and public on coal ash spill

Roanoke Times: Danville water on display for officials

March 17, 2014

Wall Street Journal: Coal spills stirs watchdog to act

News & Observer: Federal grand jury probe of DENR-Duke Energy relations begins Tuesday

March 16, 2014

LA Times: Duke Energy accused of mishandling more coal ash wastewater

March 14, 2014

Reuters: After North Carolina spill, coal ash ponds face extinction

NC News Service: Worry, coal ash continue to spread in Dan River community

News & Observer: DENR rejects Duke’s coal ash plans, amid accusations of leniency

March 13, 2014

Go Dan River: Duke: Cleanup at Dan River plant will take 2 years

Winston-Salem Journal: Democrats to push bill to move all coal ash

DENR’s response to Duke Energy letter on coal ash clean up plans

Duke Energy: Letter to DENR on coal ash clean up plans

Rachel Maddow: Cautious optimism on Duke coal ash clean up

Winston-Salem Journal: NC Democrats to push bill to move all coal ash 

News & Observer: Emails show close ties between Duke, NC regulators

ABC: NC Utilities Chairman to testify in coal ash probe

News & Record: Duke Energy, NC too cozy over coal ash?

WRAL: Duke Energy vague on future of NC coal ash ponds

WNCN: NC Democrats to push bill to move all coal ash

WRAL: Internal emails show Duke Energy, DENR negotiating coal ash cleanup

March 12, 2014

Public Policy Polling: North Carolinians want Duke Energy to pay for cleanup

WRAL: Key lawmakers say coal ash cleanup should not raise rates

Charlotte Observer: McCrory criticizes attorney general for comments on coal ash cleanup

March 11, 2014

News & Observer: NC Utilities Commission records subpoenaed in coal ash probe

March 10, 2014

WRAL: Cooper says Duke should pay for clean up

WSOC: Residents outraged about possibility of paying for coal ash cleanup

News & Observer: McCrory: Duke Energy didn’t meet its responsibility in coal ash spill

Charlotte Observer: Duke’s coal ash plan needs to show urgency

San Francisco Chronicle: Virginia taking long-term review of NC coal ash spill

WBTV: Duke Energy customers: Don’t make us pay for coal ash cleanup

WRAL: McCrory: ‘Keep politics out’ of coal ash decision

Charlotte Observer: Lawmakers grilled on response to coal ash spill

News & Observer: Waiting to decide who should pay for ash pond cleanups

March 8, 2014

WRAL: Duke CEO: Customers will cover coal ash removal

The Citizen-Times: Disasters prompt new look at coal ash handling

March 7, 2014

Charlotte Observer: Cuts to DENR regulators jarring in wake of Dan River spill

NC DENR: Regulators release water quality test results from additional Dan River spill location

Charlotte Business Journal: Third pipe at Dan River plant leaking coal ash toxins, EPA says

Charlotte Business Journal: NC says no violation for third leaking pipe

March 6, 2014

NAACP to launch own investigation into Dan River spill

Charlotte Business Journal: Third pipe at Dan River plant leaking coal ash, EPA says

The Washington Post: Hazmat team finds coal ash in Dan River in VA

The Virginian Pilot: N.C. NAACP leader: Coal ash spill is disaster, sin

The Kansas City Star: Coal ash poses a risk to Charlotte region’s water supply

The Independent Weekly: NAACP to launch own investigation into Dan River spill

WDBJ: Lawmakers question state officials on effects of Dan River coal ash spill

WNCA: Judge rules Duke must take immediate action to eliminate sources of groundwater contamination at ash ponds

NC DENR Press Release: DENR cites Duke for dam deficiencies, requests repair schedule

March 5, 2014

Fusion Films: “Come Clean” Press Conference and Rally

Goldsboro News-Argus: Wayne on coal ash pond list

Fox 8: Dead mussels, clams piling up downstream of Dan River coal ash spill

U Need 2 Know Radio interview with Ulla Reeves of SACE

News & Observer: Duke discloses eight more corrugated metal pipes at coal-ash plants

NC DENR Press Release: State regulators to request plans, video of pipes at coal ash facilities and announce inspections

National Geographic: Unlined and Dangerous: Duke Energy’s 32 coal ash ponds in North Carolina pose a threat to groundwater

Salon: Meet the environmental “regulator” who hates science: John Skvarla’s coal ash mess

News & Record: ‘Coal Ash Wednesday’ adherents to protest Dan spill

Charlotte Business Journal: Gov. McCrory: Duke Energy was ‘not responsible’ with plant oversight

WGHP: Dead mussels, clams piling up downstream of Dan River coal ash spill

March 4, 2014

Star News: Editorial-Coal ash incident raises questions about DENR’s record

WSET: After coal ash spill, bottled water sales increase in Danville

WRAL: Emails: NC regulators knew for years Duke power plants lacked permits

Charlotte Business Journal: NC regulators inspect leak at Duke Energy’s Cliffside plant

March 3, 2014

Charlotte Business Journal: State, feds, Duke say new tests at Dan River not ready for release

News & Record: DRBA calls on Duke Energy to move ash ponds

WRAL: One in four residents say they don’t know about NC coal ash spill

NY Times: Utility cited for violating pollution law in North Carolina

News & Observer: Regulators frustrated at slow pace of Duke coal ash stormwater controls

Charlotte Business Journal: NC finds Duke Energy violated water regulations in spill, threatens fines

The Daily Reflector: Where is the coal ash task force? 

WRAL.com On The Record: “This is not a partisan issue”, Interviews with DENR Secretary John Skvarla, Southern Environmental Center Attorney Frank Holleman

March 2, 2014

GoDanRiver.com: Breaking the silence, McCrory discusses career with Duke

Institute for Southern Studies: While Duke Energy dodges taxes, its pollution costs the public dearly

March 1, 2014

Charlotte Observer: Dams, and questions, separate coal ash from water supply 

Asheville Citizen-Times: Why can’t Duke Power do the right thing? 

Asheville Citizen-Times: Pipe at WNC coal ash dump is leaking

February 28, 2014

Carolina Public Press: DENR releases latest post-spill water quality tests of the Dan River

Ring of Fire: Federal Prosecutors Widen Investigation in NC Coal Ash Spill

WRAL: DENR chief, environmental lawyer go toe to toe over NC’s coal ash problems

The Gazette-Virginian: Coal ash spill costs authority over $10,000 so far

The New York Times: Coal ash spill shows how a watchdog was defanged

Washington Post: As NC debates, other states empty coal ash dumps

NC Public Radio: Were there any changes in coal ash clean-up after other disasters in the U.S.?

Radio Clip: Here and now: Looking to Tennessee after NC coal ash spill

Asheville Citizen-Times: Pipe at WNC coal ash dump is leaking

February 27, 2014

WRAL: Researcher: $70M starting point for coal ash spill impact on NC economy

The Columbus Dispatch: Lack of national coal ash rules stirs action

News & Record: State: Aluminum level is still too high in Dan River

WSET: Tennessee lawyer offers services to those affected by coal ash

Charlotte Business Journal: Duke Energy haltingly resumes Dan River cleanup

Power: Dan River ash spill may spur tougher state oversight, EPA rules

Seattlepi: Pollution panel weighing new rules for coal ash

February 26, 2014

News & Observer: McCrory needs to make a full response to coal ash questions

CNN: State warns residents near coal ash spill to avoid fish, contact with river water

Wake Forest: Drones show new view of Duke Energy coal ash spill

McClatchy DC: Lack of coal waste oversight is under fire after giant spill

February 25, 2014

Charlotte Observer, Opinion: Right answer on coal ash spill not hard, gov

Associated Press: Drone used to estimate size of NC coal ash spill

News & Observer: McCrory: Move coal ash ponds away from rivers

NC Capital: Hagan says coal ash issue needs study

Gazette-Virginia: Tough crowd asks tough questions on coal ash

WRAL: N.C. environmental regulators say they may reinstate coal ash deal with Duke

DENR Press Release: State environmental agency considers requiring Duke Energy to move coal ash from Dan River site

Charlotte Observer: McCrory to Duke: Move ash away from water

News & Observer: NC officials examine notification delay in coal ash spill on Dan River

Jacksonville Daily News: Seek accountability for environment

Sierra Club: A powerful day in Charlotte

February 24, 2014

The Diane Rehm show: Toxic chemical spills in West Virginia and North Carolina

NC Public Radio: Coal ash lawsuits: A history

National Geographic News Watch: Jobs go first, then recreation? Duke Energy’s NC coal ash spill spoils the garden in Eden

WSET-TV: NC lawyer claims coal ash spill could have been prevented

High Point Enterprise: McCrory disapproval up in latest HPU poll

WDBJ7.com: Danville City Council heads to NC to look at coal ash dump site

February 23, 2014

Greensboro News & Record: Researcher: Spill cost likely starts at $70 million

GoDanRiver.com: Get in front of the ash spill now

Greensboro News Record: Businesses worried spill will hurt them

Daily Advance, Opinion: Chris Fitzsimon: State is in no rush to clean up leaking coal ash ponds

February 22, 2014

News & Observer: Coal ash spill could push NC to move more aggressively on environmental threats

News & Observer: DENR actions on coal ash raise questions

Associated press: Coal ash dumps threaten community

Huffington Post: After Coal Ash Spill, Communities Worry About Threat To Health, Water Supply

February 21, 2014

How Many Toxic Spills Will it Take Before We Put Drinking Water First?

Greensboro News & Record: Editorial: Move ash ponds

News & Observer: Federal case looking at Duke Energy and state regulators begins to unfold

Ask Gov. McCrory about Duke Energy

NBC: Virginia Residents demand coal ash clean up

The Maddow Blog: Meet McCrory’s top environmental official

Greensboro News & Record: Dan River’s aluminum, iron levels still high; 2nd pipe plugged

My Fox 8: Dan River coal ash spill hurting Rockingham Co. businesses

February 20, 2014

Public News Service: Dan River Coal-Ash Spill Opens Floodgates of Concern

Institute for Southern Studies: How ALEC helped Duke Energy block stricter coal ash rules

NPR: Toxic Leak Taints North Carolina Coal Plants, And Regulators

GoDanRiver: What’s in the fish? 

February 19, 2013

Fox News: Second pipe leaking toxic waste at NC coal ash dump

CBS News: Officials: Unsafe levels of arsenic from Duke Energy coal ash dump pouring into river

WRAL: Feds expanding coal ash probe

Charlotte Observer: More subpoenas issued over Duke Energy’s ash

Charlotte Observer: Duke Energy turns profit of nearly $3B

Charlotte Business Journal: Tense press conference leaves questions about NC’s coal ash enforcement unanswered

Reuters: North Carolina defends coal ash oversight after second leak

WRAL: Expert: Concerns about moving ash are ‘pure speculation’

Winston Salem Journal: Transcripts contradict DENR head’s comments on conservation groups

News & Observer: DENR head defends agency over pollution enforcement as federal probe widens

February 18, 2014

News & Observer: NC regulators, Duke assure NC lawmakers coal ash spill poses no immediate threat to health

ABC News: NC Gov. McCrory Briefed on Duke Coal Ash Lawsuit

Winston Salem Journal: McCrory comment signals major policy shift on coal ash 

Institute for Southern Studies: Duke Energy’s inside connections to the McCrory administration

WRAL: Coal ash lines river 70 miles from NC spill site

US Fish and Wildlife Service responds to coal ash release to the Dan River in North Carolina and Virginia 

WGHP: DENR orders Duke Energy to halt discharges from second pipe under coal ash basin

Charlotte Observer: Duke: Customers won’t pay for ash cleanup

February 17, 2014

Lexington Herald-Leader: Recent events show need for strong regulation of polluters

WNCN: Environmental commission to review coal ash spill

Charlotte Observer: Sharp exchanges spice state meeting on coal ash

Water in America: Is It Safe to Drink?

PBS News Hour: North Carolina coal ash spill raises questions about enforcement of environmental regulations

News & Record: 2nd pipe threatens new Dan River spill, McCrory says

Raleigh News & Observer: DENR fights images as too cozy with Duke Energy

February 16, 2014

Winston-Salem Journal: Lack of action on DENR lawsuit may have prompted federal intervention in coal-ash spill

New York Times: Regulatory Favoritism in North Carolina

News Observer: A federal probe of the coal ash spill will be enlightening

Ecowatch: Time to Hold Duke Energy Accountable for Dangerous Coal Ash Impoundments to Prevent Next Spill

Duke Energy: 2nd leaking pipe at coal ash dump no danger

Fayetteville Observer: Our view: Spill, probe spell right time to pressure Duke

Go Dan River: Danville Mayor not taking spill lightly

Associated Press: Governor denies link to coal ash deal despite Duke ties

February 15, 2014

Charlotte Observer: NC lawmakers push Duke to clean up coal ash dumps

February 14, 2014

Star Tribune: NC officials fear 2nd pipe collapse at Duke plant

The Washington Post: McCrory denies Duke coal ash deal involvement

Living on Earth: Cleaning up coal ash 

WRAL.com: McCrory on defensive over coal ash spill

Hendersonville Lightning: Apodaca ‘dead serious’ about killing coal ash ponds

GoDanRiver.com: Feds urge residents to report dead wildlife

SACE blog: No more sweetheart coal ash deals

February 13, 2014

Star Tribune: Feds launch probe of NC environmental agency in wake of massive coal ash spill

Grand jury subpoena and other documents related to federal investigation of suspected felony

Waterkeeper Alliance press release: Duke ash pond still dumping while Duke begins ash removal from river

Go Dan River: What happens when the river floods? 

Go Dan River: Resident reports dead turtles, missing wildlife

February 12, 2014

WRAL: State issues Dan River warnings after coal ash spill

Charlotte Business Journal: Duke Energy halves its estimate of how much coal ash spilled into Dan River

Winston-Salem Journal: Editorial: Duke Energy, legislature must remove environmental threat

News & Record: EPA to investigate group’s claim on Dan River pollution

February 11, 2014

Washington Post: Duke plans to dredge river as coal ash deal dumped

WRAL.com: NC lawmakers to push legislation for coal ash cleanup

Charlotte Observer: State to create coal ash task force

Star News Editorial: McCrory needs to prove that he can stand up to industries that pollute

Huffington Post: Enough is enough: Coal pollution spills reveal a water safety crisis

February 10, 2014

ThinkProgress: Could The EPA Have Prevented Toxic Waste From Filling The Dan River?

Charlotte Business Journal: Dan River cleanup to start at large coal ash deposit near spill site

Mother Jones: North Carolina Protected Duke Energy from Pollution Complaints Before the Company’s Coal Ash Disaster

Earthjustice blog: East of Eden: NC toxic coal ash spill defies state borders

February 9, 2014

The Washington Post: NC regulators shielded Duke’s coal ash pollution

NCDENR press release: State regulators clarify reports on arsenic test results near coal ash spill

Asheville Citizen-Times: Coal ash disaster: could it happen here? 

Go Dan River: Danville Riverwalk Trail users want Dan River cleanup to begin

February 8, 2014

Charlotte Business Journal: NC now says Dan River arsenic levels were unsafe after spill

February 7, 2014

Associated Press: Test results show different arsenic levels in NC spill

Aljazeera: Environmentalists say N.C. river is ‘toxic soup’ after coal ash spill

Duke Energy press release: Duke Energy pledges to take care of Dan River and surrounding environment

February 6, 2014

Charlotte Observer: Getting ahead of the next coal ash leak

Charlotte Observer: Broken pipe was metal not concrete

DENR Press release: DENR expects water sampling results from river near coal ash spill this week

Charlotte Business Journal: Duke Energy will change coal ash storage at Dan River and other retired plants

Bloomberg Business Week: Big Coal’s Ash Mess Follows Its Chemical Spill. Is This Some Kind of Bad Joke?

ABC News: NC River Turns to Gray Sludge After Coal Ash Spill

Bloomberg News: Duke Energy battles to halt coal ash 

The News & Advance: Coal ash: It’s still leaking

Weather Channel: Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill in North Carolina Pollutes Dan River, Threatens Drinking Water for Virginia Town

Waterkeeper Press Release: Waterkeepers’ samples show disturbing levels of metals and other contaminants in Dan River

DENR Press Release: Governor McCrory Directs Duke Energy to Bring Coal Ash Spill Under Control

Salon: “You can’t clean this up”: Coal ash is destroying a North Carolina river

The New York Times: Huge leak of coal ash slows at NC power plant

February 5, 2014

Lynchburg News Advance: Dan River runs gray with coal ash

The Washington Post: Officials investigate news in Eden

Hampton Roads, VA local news: Municipalities downstream of Eden cut off water intakes from Dan River

The Virginian-Pilot: Virginia Beach halts water pumping after coal ash spill

Los Angeles Times: Tons of coal ash spill into North Carolina river

CBS Money Watch: NC coal ash spill draws new focus to controversial industrial waste

February 4, 2014

Duke Energy Press Release: Work continues at Dan River Steam Station

Charlotte Observer: Duke Energy plant reports coal ash spill

NC DENR Press Release: DENR Secretary Skvarla heading to Eden, as agency staff members work with Duke Energy to control coal ash spill

NC DENR Press Release: DENR releases initial water test results from Duke Energy coal ash spill

Ecowatch Blog: Duke Energy coal ash spill pollutes river and threatens drinking water 

Coal Ash Chronicles: Yet another coal ash spill

 Salon: Up to 82,000 tons of toxic coal ash spilled into river

SACE Blog: Dan River coal ash disaster near Eden, North Carolina

Appalachian Voices Blog: Duke Energy coal ash spill pollutes the Dan River

Associated Press: Broken pipe spills coal ash in Dan River NC

GoDanRiver.com: Coal ash still leaking into the Dan River

NBC Charlotte: Duke yet to plug leak at Dan River

Green Peace Blog: Duke Energy told us their coal ash ponds were safe

Sierra Club Press Release: Duke Energy, come clean about ongoing Dan River coal ash spill

February 3, 2014

Duke Energy Press Release: Pipe break causes ash release at Dan River steam station

Duke Energy Press Release: Work continues at Dan River Steam Station 

NC DENR Press Release: DENR staff working with utility at site of Dan River spill in Rockingham County

Charlotte Business Journal: Coal ash spills into Dan River from closed Duke Energy plant

GoDanRiver.com: Danville officials do not foresee any issues with city’s drinking water

Press Release: Environmental groups call for immediate disclosure of magnitude of coal ash disaster

Photos and Videos

NC DENR video of second leaking pipe at Dan River

Register for NC Policy Watch luncheon: Duke’s Dan River coal ash disaster

Rachel Maddow Show Feb. 10, 2014: Warnings ignored ahead of toxic NC spill 

Rachel Maddow Show Feb. 13, 2014: Subpoena looks for dirty deal in toxic spill

Rachel Maddow Show Feb. 15, 2014: Toxic spill exposes NC tea party governor’s corrupt energy company ties

Rachel Maddow Show Feb. 19, 2014: Part 1: Toxic spill questions overwhelm NC officials

Rachel Maddow Show Feb. 19, 2014: Spoiled river puts NC officials in hot water

Rachel Maddow Show Mar. 20, 2014: Duke Energy busted after activists’ red flag

Full video of Feb. 17, 2014 Environmental Resource Committee meeting (Coal ash portion begins at 1:26:00 on this video)

Democracy Now: NC governor no longer works for Duke Energy, but after coal ash spill is he doing their bidding?

Announcement: EPA community update in Danville on Tuesday, 2/11/14

WTVD: McCrory talks tough on coal ash spill cleanup

WGHP: Coal ash expert discusses consequences of Dan River spill

NC Policy Watch: Appalachian Voices’ Amy Adams and State Rep. Pricey Harrison

Appalachian Voices photos

Duke Energy photos 

Waterkeeper Alliance video

Catawba Riverkeeper photos

Unedited aerial footage of plume traveling down river, coal ash impoundments

Greenpeace photos

Video: Impact on wildlife from Eden coal ash spill unknown

Political cartoons

Charlotte Observer Siers Cartoons: Coal ash harmony, Coal Ash Safety, Coal Ash Harmony, NC Coal Ash, Coal Ash Twins, (Coal) Ash Can, Duke and DENR

American Association of Editorial Cartoonists Duke coal ash cartoons

Other Resources

NC Coastal Federation: DENR moves to block groups in lawsuit

Yadkin Riverkeeper spill updates, interview with DENR spokesperson Susan Massengale

Institute for Southern Studies Indes: Duke Energy coal ash spill latest in ongoing regulatory disaster

Catawba Riverkeeper Dan River coal ash spill page

For the latest updates, follow us on Twitter, or search for #coalash on Twitter

NC Conservation Network: Demand action from NC Governor and state representatives

EPA Map of sampling locations

Dixie Babble Blog: Historical importance of the Dan River