EDEN, N.C. -North Carolina's Department of Environmental and Natural Resources is ordering Duke Energy to stop all discharges from a second pipe at the Duke Energy Plant near Eden.
On Tuesday, WFMY News 2 got its first look inside that pipe under the ash pond. DENR's initial tests show elevated levels of arsenic, which a key indicator of coal ash.
"Given what we've seen, we're concerned that this second stormwater pipe on site may also be leaking water contaminated with coal ash pollutants into the Dan River," said Tom Reeder, director of the N.C. Division of Water Resources. "As such, we are ordering Duke Energy to eliminate this unauthorized discharge immediately."
The pipe is 1,000 feet long and is made up of 4-foot sections of reinforced concrete. Water is getting into the pipe where these sections join, and puddles inside indicate the pipe is out of alignment.
On February 2nd, a different pipe did break underneath the ash pond.. and sent 30 to 39 thousand tons of coal ash into the Dan River.