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Danville & Eden Officials Visit With Duke Energy Officials About Coal Ash Spill

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Eden, NC - Local officials across the Dan River Region came face to face Tuesday with the coal ash pond that leaked thousands of gallons of waste into the Dan River.

In a visit to the closed Duke Energy plant in Eden, Danville officials sought more answers from the company and the environmental agencies on site.

Officials from Danville, Pittsylvania County and Eden, North Carolina attended a briefing at the site.

The Mayor of Eden praised Duke Energy for their open communication after the incident, saying he knew about the spill the same day it was discovered.

An on-site EPA official said it is impossible to say exactly how long the clean-up will take, but he plans to stay at the site for at least another month.

Both Danville leaders and the EPA said they are pleased with Duke Energy's efforts thus far.

"We have talked to Duke officials. We've asked them many, many questions, and they have answered and they are answering our questions," said Danville Mayor Sherman Saunders.

"We certainly wish it didn't happen but they have done everything we have asked them to do and sometimes more, being pro-active," said Myles Bartos, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, EPA .

A Duke Energy representative said the amount of ash that went into the water was about 39,000 tons, much less than the early estimate of 82,000 tons.

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