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Va. gov expects Duke to pony up for coal ash spill

Tuesday - 3/18/2014, 3:50pm  ET

Associated Press

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he expects Duke Energy to fully compensate Virginia for a massive coal ash spill into the Dan River.

McAuliffe spoke Tuesday after he toured Danville's water treatment plant, which overlooks the Dan River. He was assured the drinking water for 18,000 customers were well within safe-drinking standards based on multiple municipal, federal and independent water testing.

McAuliffe said Duke executives had assured him they would make good on any costs associated with the spill in Virginia.

According to David K. Paylor, director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Virginia's 11 ash coal pits they have all undergone state and Environmental Protection Agency inspections

Paylor said some deficiencies were found and "the owners got on it pretty quickly and made the corrections."

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