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Duke Energy contacts TVA

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By Damon Lawrence

Duke Energy reached out to TVA following the ash spill this week at Duke’s Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C.

TVA spokesman Scott Brooks confirmed Duke’s call for help.

TVA knows first-hand what it’s like to deal with an ash spill. On Dec. 22, 2008, a dike failure at the agency’s Kingston Fossil Plant released more than 5 million cubic yards of ash.

The Duke Energy spill on Feb. 2 was attributed to a broken stormwater pipe. Officials with Duke Energy, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have responded to the incident.

“Protecting public health and the environment is our No. 1 priority,” NCDENR Secretary John Skvarla said.

Duke estimated that between 50,000 and 82,000 tons of ash was released into the river.

Water near and downstream of the spill site was being tested for heavy metals, sulfates and nutrients.