Dan River Toxic Coal Ash Spill Results in Contaminated Water

February 6, 2014

Miles of the Dan River, acres of land, and an estimated 43,000 residents of the region surrounding Eden, North Carolina, are facing risks of dangerously Contaminated Water following a massive spill of toxic coal ash. The spill of an initially estimated 82,000 tons of toxic coal ash combined with 27 million gallons of poisoned water was the result of a leak at a containment pond for the waste collected from the Duke Energy power plant.

Reports form ABC News stated that while officials claim drinking water is being filtered of contaminants, toxic coal ash is known to contain toxic elements and compounds that include:

  • Lead
  • Arsenic
  • Mercury
  • Radioactive Uranium

Brian Williams, program director for the Dan River Basin Association, explained the affects of the spill would be seen throughout the entire area’s ecosystem for decades to come. In the meantime, officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working to collect samples to determine the amount of pollution that has occurred and what can be done to correct the damage that has been done.

HensonFuerst and their team of North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the serious risks that are posed to those who are exposed to contaminated water and the firm is here to help anyone who has been harmed as the result of toxic exposure caused by another person’s negligence.

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