NC officials fear 2nd pipe collapse at Duke plant

By By MICHAEL BIESECKER

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials are concerned that a second pipe running under a Duke Energy coal ash dump might fail more than a week after a similar pipe collapsed, triggering a massive toxic spill into the Dan River.

The state Department of Environmental Resources said late Friday that video taken inside the concrete pipe shows wide gaps between seams through which potentially contaminated water is gushing.

The agency didn't provide an estimate for how much liquid from the dump is currently spilling into the river. Officials have given Duke 10 days to come up with a plan to fix the leaks.

Word of the new problem comes after an environmental group identified seepage Thursday coming from yet another pipe at the site, days after Duke claimed the contamination was contained.

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