Danville prepares for coal ash spill dredging

Photo shows the L.V. Sutton Complex operated by Duke Energy from the Sutton Lake landing in Wilmington, N.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Members of the Flemington Road community near  the plant, feel the facility could be polluting well water with spill off and seepage from large coal ash ponds.   (AP Photo/Randall Hill)
Photo shows the L.V. Sutton Complex operated by Duke Energy from the Sutton Lake landing in Wilmington, N.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Members of the Flemington Road community near the plant, feel the facility could be polluting well water with spill off and seepage from large coal ash ponds. (AP Photo/Randall Hill)

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Danville officials are preparing for the dredging of coal ash from the Dan River.

The city says in a news release that Danville Utilities will close the city water treatment plant’s intake valve during the day when dredging is occurring. The valve will be open in the evenings and overnight.

Water and wastewater treatment director Barry Dunkley says the change in hours of operation is a matter of exercising caution.

The coal ash has collected near the Schoolfield Dam. It’s the result of a February spill upriver in North Carolina at an impoundment owned by Duke Energy.

Dredging could begin late this week.

Two cameras have been placed by the city at Abreu-Grogan Park to allow residents to watch the dredging operation. A live stream will be available at www.danrivercleanup.org.

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