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Consultants raised red flags on ash basins

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The Associated Press

In this file photo, a pipe from the Dan River Power Plant where coal ash spilled is seen along the Dan River as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations in Eden, N.C. Duke Energy estimates that up to 82,000 tons of ash has been released from a break in the 48-inch storm water pipe.

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EDEN, N.C. — For more than a decade, a series of engineering inspectors repeatedly flagged the drainage pipes under Duke Energy’s Dan River ash basin as potential problems, but the utility never did more than visual inspections to ensure their structural integrity. 

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The Associated Press

In this file photo, a pipe from the Dan River Power Plant where coal ash spilled is seen along the Dan River as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations in Eden, N.C. Duke Energy estimates that up to 82,000 tons of ash has been released from a break in the 48-inch storm water pipe.