Duke Energy reaches agreement on environmental impacts of coal ash spill
Duke Energy has signed an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality regarding any natural resources impacts caused by the coal ash spill from Duke Energy's retired Dan River coal-fired power plant in Eden, N.C., on Feb. 2, 2014.
Aerial view of Dan River Steam Station. Credit: Duke Energy
The natural resource trustees have initiated the natural resource damage assessment and restoration (NRDAR) cooperatively with Duke Energy, who is deemed responsible for the spill. The NRDAR will evaluate the impact of the spill on natural resources and ultimately restore the injured resources, such as fish and wildlife. Based on the damage assessment, the trustees will work with Duke Energy to restore or replace natural resources and/or seek compensation from Duke Energy. Natural resources will be restored at no cost to the taxpayers.
By working cooperatively with Duke Energy on the NRDAR, the trustees hope to expedite restoration efficiently and effectively. The trustees will focus on restoration early in the process while also integrating natural resource injury assessments with ongoing remedial assessment and cleanup work.
Regarding the agreement, a statement from Duke Energy read, "This agreement represents a significant milestone in Duke Energy's ongoing efforts to restore and monitor the Dan River and surrounding environment. Duke Energy is fully committed to the river's long-term health and well-being. River water quality has returned to normal and drinking water has remained safe."
- see the agreement