DANVILLE, V.A. - The stage is being set for a massive cleanup, and Duke Energy is footing the bill.
The Abreu-Grogan Park in Danville, Virginia is now closed to the public because the power company needs the space to set up equipment in order to remove coal ash from that massive spill along the Dan River.
The cleanup there will remove about a 25 hundred ton deposit of coal ash and river sediment. The deposit is a foot deep and covers 7 thousand square yards.
Duke Energy will use a vacuum dredge system to suck out the toxic coal ash from the bed of the Dan River. As the coal ash is removed, it's dried out before it's moved to a landfill.
The cleanup up at Abreu-Grogan Park is expected to last through June, with the park re-opening in early July.
Duke Energy has paid the city of Danville $2,500 dollars to use the park and cover lost revenue.
Back on February second, one of the stormwater pipes beneath an ash pond broke at a Duke Energy plant in Eden. That broken pipe sent around 78 million pounds of coal ash into the Dan River. Since then, Duke Energy has apologized for the spill and plugged a second pipe that was leaking arsenic-laced groundwater into the Dan River.