DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Federal environmental officials are expected to give an update on a massive coal ash spill to members of the Danville City Council.
Representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency will brief city leaders Tuesday night. Officials from state and local agencies are also expected to attend.
The spill was discovered on Feb. 2 after a security guard patrolling the grounds of Duke Energy’s Dan River Steam Station discovered that a pipe under a 27-acre toxic waste pond had collapsed.
The North Carolina utility reports that up to 82,000 tons of coal ash mixed with 27 million gallons of contaminated water drained out, turning the river gray and cloudy for miles.
The accident ranks as the third largest such coal ash spill in the nation’s history.