The site of an old coal ash dump has been inundated with flood waters from hurricane Florence, and the water level is predicted to continue to rise at the L-V Sutton power station.
Officials with Duke Energy don't believe the dam breach will increase the flood threat to nearby communities, but they say they can't be sure that ash isn't escaping from the flooded dump and going into the lake and river.
Sunday, Sept. 23, inspectors with the state's department of environmental quality headed to the plant by boat to collect water samples.
The ash left over from coal burns contains mercury, lead, and other heavy toxic metals.
The company called the Gray Material seen in the river and lake as "coal combustion byproducts."
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