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Updated: US launches criminal investigation of Dan River coal ash spill

The U.S. Attorney in Raleigh has subpoenaed records from North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources  in connection with a criminal investigation into the massive coal ash spill on the Dan River, the subject of our recent posts yesterday and today.

The grand jury subpoena  calls for the production of agency documents by March 18  relating to the Dan River plant and the Feb. 2 broken storm water pipe that led to the spill, including among other records,  any applications by and permits granted to Duke Energy for that site;  records relating to the break; emails and communications dating from 2010 forward regarding discharge at the site; records generated after the Feb. 2 break; and records relating to any enforcement by DENR for Duke Energy violations at Dan River.

DENR spokesman Drew Elliot says the state will cooperate with the federal investigators.

One Comment

  1. LayintheSmakDown

    February 16, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    So lets see if Alan/ML comments here. Gotta up his troll commission for the month.