EDEN, N.C. -- Duke Energy says a second pipe under a coal ash dump in North Carolina is not in immediate danger of collapse, despite concerns from state regulators that the pipe could fail and trigger another toxic spill into the Dan River.
The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Friday that video taken inside the pipe shows potentially contaminated water leaking in through gaps and then out into the river.
Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan says the company's assessment is that "no immediate action" is necessary. The state has given Duke 10 days to come up with a plan to fix the leaks.
Jenny Edwards with the Dan River Association said the Dan River may never be the same.
"I don't know how it can be cleaned up," Edwards said. "I don't know if the Dan River will ever be the Dan River it once was for a very long time."
Sheehan also told WFMY News 2 Sunday this incident was an "isolated small incident." They also said the company did their part in notifying the public and the state. She referred us to The Dan River Response page on Duke Energy's website on questions concerning their plan of action.
In a statement from Duke Energy's website, Paul Newton, President of Duke Energy North Carolina said, "We will do the right thing for the river and surrounding communities. We are accountable."
The third largest coal ash spill in U.S. history was triggered Feb. 2 when a similar pipe at Duke's dump collapsed.
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On Sunday, Duke Energy issued said, they completed the installation of a permanent plug at the site in Eden to stop releases from an ash basin at the Dan River Steam Station. But folks are worried about the short-term and long-term impacts. WFMY News 2