NC power company to begin cleanup in Va. city

In this photo taken Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 and made available by Appalachian Voices,   what might be coal ash is on the banks of the Dan River in Eden, N.C. Duke Energy estimates that up to 82,000 tons of ash accidentally spilled into the river Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. Coal ash is the waste left after burning coal. It contains arsenic, mercury, lead, and over a dozen other heavy metals, many of them toxic. (AP Photo/Appalachian Voices, HO)
In this photo taken Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 and made available by Appalachian Voices, what might be coal ash is on the banks of the Dan River in Eden, N.C. Duke Energy estimates that up to 82,000 tons of ash accidentally spilled into the river Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. Coal ash is the waste left after burning coal. It contains arsenic, mercury, lead, and over a dozen other heavy metals, many of them toxic. (AP Photo/Appalachian Voices, HO)

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — A North Carolina power company will begin cleaning up a large coal ash deposit from the Dan River in Danville next week.

A park along the Dan will be closed Tuesday so Duke Energy can begin removing the toxic sludge from a massive spill upriver in North Carolina.

Danville officials say Duke expects the work to end in July.

The Register & Bee reports that Duke crews and contractors will use the park as a staging area. The park includes a boat access ramp and a boathouse. The city will be compensated for revenue losses related to the closing.

Duke officials said the deposit spans 350 yards by 20 yards and is about a foot deep.

City, federal and state officials have said treated city water exceeds safe-drinking standards.

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Information from: Danville Register & Bee, http://www.registerbee.com

 

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