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COAL ASH SPILL-NORTH CAROLINA
Duke Energy plugs 2nd leaking pipe at NC coal ash dump; water in river still exceeds standards
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, February 21, 2014 5:22 PM EST
State officials say Duke Energy has plugged a second pipe running under a huge coal ash dump that was leaking arsenic-laced groundwater into the Dan River, which is already polluted from a massive Feb. 2 spill.
A nearby pipe at the dump collapsed more than two weeks ago, coating the river bottom with toxic ash as far as 70 miles downstream.
The agency also said new testing shows the river water downstream of the dump still violates state standards for aluminum and iron.