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Duke Energy cited for second coal ash spill

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CHATHAM COUNTY- Duke Energy has been cited for a second coal ash spill that happened in Chatham County.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources cited the company for violating a permit by improperly dumping an estimated 61 million gallons of coal ash wastewater into the Cape Fear River Basin from its coal plant in nearby Moncure.

Environmentalist from the Waterkeeper Alliance recently snapped aerial photos of what they believe workers were dumping. They turned over their findings to DENR, who was already doing an investigation after an inspection.

"What we saw in the photographs was Duke breaking the law," said Kemp Burdette with the organization.

The company is already in trouble for a coal ash spill from its Eden plant that leaked into the Dan River. Company leaders said a pipe busted. The investigation continues.

DENR says Duke Energy could face at $25,000 fine for each violation at Cape Fear. The company has 30 days to respond to the citation.

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