Information on DEQ's Dan River Coal Ash Spill page has been updated. As a result of the coal ash spill, a $2.5 million settlement against Duke Energy Carolinas is proposed. The proposal and summary of public comments will be presented to the State Water Control Board on June 25.
In addition, state and federal partners are seeking public feedback on a draft plan to assess potential natural resource injuries resulting from the release of coal ash.
To view a copy of the consent order, the draft natural resource assessment plan or to learn about the restoration process visit www.deq.virginia.gov/ConnectWithDEQ/EnvironmentalInformation/DanRiverCoalAshSpill.aspx
The public is invited to review and comment on potential restoration opportunities in the Dan River watershed area. The Dan River Scoping Document for Restoration Planning, prepared by Virginia DEQ, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, provides information and ideas in response to the coal ash spill. Comments and proposals are due by November 14, 2014.
Any ideas for projects should include details about how the project addresses natural resource or service injuries, estimated costs, anticipated benefits, implementation timing and readiness, and the potential to benefit more than one natural resource or ecological service.
For more information, visit the Dan River Coal Ash Spill web page athttp://www.deq.virginia.gov/ConnectWithDEQ/EnvironmentalInformation/DanRiverCoalAshSpill.aspx
Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration for Dan River
To restore fish and wildlife resources affected by the Feb. 2, 2014, Dan River coal ash spill, several state and federal agencies have initiated a Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration plan cooperatively with Duke Energy, the party responsible for the spill. The government participants --Virginia DEQ, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources -- have been an integral part of the response to the coal ash spill. The participants are continuing their work by conducting the assessment and restoration to evaluate the impact of the spill on natural resources and ultimately to restore the affected resources.
More information is available on the DEQ website at www.deq.virginia.gov.