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Fri April 4, 2014

Dan River's Polluted Past & Will it Completely Recover From Massive Coal Ash Spill?

Each week, Justin Catanoso talks with a reporter from WFDD’s media partner, the Triad Business Journal. The Business Report is featured during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

On Sunday, February 2, 2014, a Duke Energy coal ash pond located on the Dan River near Eden, N.C., began discharging into the Dan River. The spill is the 3rd largest coal ash spill in U.S. History.
Credit Yadkin Riverkeeper

This week, the tables are turned and WFDD’s Keri Brown interviews Catanoso about his story in the Triad Business Journal. He looks at how although two-thirds of the Dan River is unaffected by the Duke Energy coal-ash spill, the impact of the environmental disaster seems to have no boundaries.

Justin Catanoso's article in the Triad Business Journal explores the Dan River's polluted past, the latest on the cleanup efforts from the Duke Energy coal ash spill, and how the media frenzy surrounding the issue is impacting local businesses along the river.

Justin Catanoso is director of the journalism program at Wake Forest University and a regular contributor to WFDD.

To read Justin’s full story about the Dan River dilemma and for more breaking business news in the Piedmont, go to --

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