Duke Plugs Second Pipe Leaking Arsenic

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 @ 06:02 PM gHale

Duke Energy plugged a second pipe running under a huge coal ash dump leaking arsenic-laced groundwater into the Dan River, already polluted from a massive Feb. 2 spill, North Carolina state officials said.

The contamination from the pipe at Duke’s Eden plant remains fully contained, four days after the state ordered the company to plug it, said officials at the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

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Water coming from the pipe contains arsenic at levels 14 times more than considered safe for human contact.

A nearby pipe at the dump collapsed more than two weeks ago, coating the river bottom with toxic ash as far as 70 miles downstream.

The agency also said new testing shows the river water downstream of the dump still violates state standards for aluminum and iron.

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