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Toxins leaking from 2nd pipe at NC coal ash dump

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 | 2:50 p.m.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials say wastewater containing unsafe levels of arsenic from a Duke Energy coal ash dump is flowing into a North Carolina river already contaminated from a massive Feb. 2 spill.

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources ordered Duke Tuesday to stop the wastewater coming from a pipe running under a coal ash dump at its Eden power plant. A nearby pipe at the dump collapsed without warning Feb. 2, coating the bottom of the Dan River with toxic ash as far as 70 miles downstream.

State regulators expressed concern the second pipe could fail, triggering a second spill. Water coming from the pipe contains arsenic at levels 14 times that considered safe for human contact.

Duke had downplayed concerns water in the pipe is contaminated.