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Amy Adams, North Carolina campaign coordinator with Appalachian Voices, dips her hand into the Dan River on Feb. 5 in Danville, Va. as signs of coal ash appear in the river. Duke Energy estimates up to 82,000 tons of ash has been released from a break in a 48-inch storm water pipe at the Dan River Power Plant in Eden N.C. Over the last year, environmental groups have tried three times to use the federal Clean Water Act to force Duke Energy to clear out leaky coal ash dumps.

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Coal ash lines river 70 miles from NC spill site

Federal officials said Tuesday that toxic coal ash has coated the bottom of a North Carolina river as many as 70 miles downstream of a Duke Energy dump where a massive spill occurred two weeks ago.

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