DEQ Looking For Long-Term Effects Of Coal Ash - - ABC13

DEQ Looking For Long-Term Effects Of Coal Ash


Danville, VA - The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is looking for long-term effects the coal ash spill may have had on the environment and they plan to hold Duke Energy 'fully accountable' if they discover any damage.

They are looking at aquatic life to see if they find issues there. This comes after a federal judge ruled last week that Duke must take immediate action to eliminate the source of the contamination, removing the unlined coal ash ponds.

Senior Attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center Frank Holleman says he is glad to see the state and federal governments taking action.

"But we do need more than just words, we need strong action. And to date in North Carolina, which has direct responsibility for these lagoons, action has yet to take place," said Holleman.

The DEQ has been sampling drinking water in Danville and South Boston, which has met standards.


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