CRIMINAL PROBE IN WAKE OF COAL ASH SPILL ON DAN RIVER
February 13, 2014
APNewsBreak: Feds launch criminal probe in wake of massive coal ash spill into NC river
Article by: MICHAEL BIESECKER , Associated Press
Updated: February 13, 2014 - 11:20 AM
RALEIGH, N.C. — Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a massive coal ash spill into the Dan River.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Raleigh issued a grand jury subpoenas demanding records from Duke Energy and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The subpoenas seek emails, memos and reports from 2010 through the Feb. 2 spill.
The Associated Press obtained a copy on Thursday of the subpoena issued to the state. A Duke spokesman confirmed the company had also received one.
The spill at a Duke Energy plant in Eden spewed enough toxic sludge into the river to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools. It was the third-largest coal ash spill in U.S. history.
Prosecutors ordered the state environmental agency's chief lawyer to appear next month before a grand jury.
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