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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Gullies in the coal ash pond at the Duke Energy Dan River Steam Station show where coal ash flowed towards the Dan River. Duke Energy said Tuesday that an estimated 50,000 to 82,000 tons of coal ash and water was released from a pond at its retired power plant in Eden into the Dan River.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Officials examine the damage overlooking where a storm water pipe broke and coal ash from an unlined pond was released into the Dan River in Eden, NC.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Swirls of coal ash accumulates in eddies and waters appear gray in the Dan River in Danville, Va., down stream from the Dan River Steam Station in Eden, NC.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Dan River at Danville, Va. appears gray and coal ash accumulates in eddies downriver from the Dan River Steam Station in Eden, NC after a break in a storm water pipe underneath a coal ash pond at the plant.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Emergency Management officials are led into the Duke Energy Dan River Steam Station Tuesday morning. The towers in this photo are part of the new natural gas powered steam station.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Dan River flows downriver towards the decommissioned Duke Energy coal fired steam station in Eden, NC.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Workers dig near the intake area of an underground storm water pipe that broke beneath a coal ash pond at the decommissioned Duke Energy coal fired steam plant in Eden, NC. Officials said clean up work had begun prior to the break but accelerated to open access to the pipe for increased access to evaluate the break in the pipe.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Steam rises from the new Duke Energy natural gas powered steam station in Eden, NC.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Duke officials took media members on a brief tour of the coal ash pond where an underground storm water pipe developed a break allowing water containing coal ash leaked into the Dan River at Eden, NC.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    A vortex of coal ash swirls in the gray waters of the Dan River at Danville, Va. downstream from the Duke Energy Steam Station in Eden, NC.
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