Duke Energy Permanently Plugs Leaking Ash-Pond Pipe

From Charlotte Observer

By Bruce Henderson

Duke Energy says it has installed a permanent plug in the leaking stormwater pipe that dumped tons of coal ash and wastewater into the Dan River about 130 miles northeast of Charlotte.

Crews filled a section of the 48-inch pipe with concrete grout and a cap, Duke said. The material hardened for 12 hours and was tested Saturday afternoon.

Duke said it will continue to grout the whole pipe, which drains stormwater from the plant under the 27-acre ash pond and into the Dan. The pipe is about 850 feet long from the point where it broke to the river.

The plant is in Eden.

“Plugging the pipe was clearly job one, but we’re continuing our efforts and working closely with all the agencies involved in this response,” Charlie Gates, Duke’s senior vice president for power generation operations, said in a statement. “Our next step is to continue to monitor the water quality of the river and to accelerate our planning for the best long-term solution at the site.”

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