It is day 107, of my 365 Days of Living Deliberately, and I decided to post Duke Energy’s early response (Feb. 7th) to the coal ash spills. It’s easy to make a promise when the heat is on, as it was five for Duke Energy days after the massive coal ash breach.

Dan River Response:  By Duke Energy

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.

Important Information

  • Duke Energy has permanently plugged the 36-inch and 48-inch storm water pipes.
  • Public drinking water is 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 will begin work soon on removing an ash deposit located in the river upstream of the Schoolfield Dam near Danville, and on 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


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

Read more » Paul Newton speaks about incident

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.

Additional Information and Updates