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EPA’s Response to the Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill in Eden, NC

EPA's Response to the

Response History

On February 3, 2014 The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR) contacted EPA requesting technical assistance for the coal ash release that occurred at the Duke Energy Dan River Steam Station coal ash pond in Rockingham County, NC. 
EPA Regions 3 and 4 deployed On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) and entered into a Unified Command (UC) structure, consisting of Duke Energy, NCDENR, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ), to manage the incident. As a part of the unified command, EPA is providing technical assistance, including oversight, data management and sampling support.

EPA Response to Release of Coal Ash Into the Dan River

Community Briefings

EPA met with impacted communities and provided an update on the Eden, NC Coal Ash Spill. Representatives from EPA and other federal/local agencies were available to answer questions and address concerns that the communities had regarding the response:

  • City of Danville, VA – Tuesday, February 11th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Danville City Hall Council Chambers, 427 Patton Street
  • City of Eden, NC - Wednesday, February 19th from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Eden City Hall Council Chambers, 308 E. Stadium Drive
  • Town of South Boston, VA – Thursday, February 20th from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Washington Coleman Community Center, 1927 Jeffress Blvd
  • City of Danville - Tuesday, April, 14th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm - Open house at the Danville Community Market Building, 629 Craghead Street in Danville.

Response Information Updates

Sampling Results

EPA has been collecting water quality and sediment samples at the spill source and several locations upstream and downstream from the spill site. Sampling locations include both raw water intakes and finished potable water at the Danville, South Boston and Clarksville Drinking Water Treatment Plants. To date, none of the finished water samples have shown any detections above Federal Maximum Contaminant Levels. EPA has two sampling teams:

- EPA Team 1: Data collected by EPA’s Superfund Technical Assessment & Response Team (START) Contractor
- EPA Team 2: Data collected by EPA Region 4’s Science and Ecosystem Support Division (SESD)

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Media Inquiries

  • Region 4 Media Line
    (404) 562-8400
  • James Pinkney, EPA Public Affairs Specialist
    (404) 562-9183
  • Dawn Harris-Young, EPA Public Affairs Specialist
    (404) 562-8421

EPA Community Involvement Coordinators

  • Angela Miller, Region 4
    (678) 575-8132
  • Trish Taylor, Region 3
    (215) 814-5539

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