Vote expected on proposed $2.5 million Va. settlement with Duke Energy over coal ash spill

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RICHMOND, Virginia — A Virginia board is scheduled to take up a proposed $2.5 million settlement with Duke Energy stemming from a massive coal ash spill into the Dan River in North Carolina.

The State Water Control is expected to hear strong opposition Thursday before it considers the settlement approved by the state Department of Environmental Quality.

The Southern Environmental Law Center has called the proposed settlement "woefully inadequate" and has suggested a $50 million payment would be more appropriate.

While the spill occurred at a Duke power plant in North Carolina, the Dan River carried the gray sludge into Virginia. Especially hard-hit was the city of Danville, which saw the coal ash pile up by the ton behind a dam in its downtown area.

Danville is seeking its own settlement with Duke.

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