RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Waste water that contains toxic levels of arsenic, flowing from a coal plant ash dump, is now flowing into a North Carolina river that's already contaminated from a massive spill two weeks ago, authorities said Tuesday.
The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources ordered Duke Energy on Thursday to stop the waste water coming from a pipe running under a coal ash dump at its power plant. A nearby pipe at the dump collapsed without warning Feb. 2, coating the bottom of the Dan River with toxic ash as far as 70 miles downstream.
State regulators expressed concern the second pipe could fail, triggering a second spill. Water coming from the pipe contains arsenic at levels 14 times that considered safe for human contact.
Duke had downplayed concerns water in the pipe is contaminated.
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