Institute for Environmental Negotiation

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Dan River Basin Community Stakeholder Team

On February 2, 2014 between 30,000 and 39,000 tons of coal ash and approximately 24 to 27 million gallons of ash pond water from the Duke Energy Dan River Steam Station were released into the Dan River. As part of its response to this event, Duke Energy contracted with IEN to provide impartial process design and facilitation of a community Stakeholder Team to identify community concerns and seek community consensus for solutions that address the impacts of the coal ash release. The facilitation team also included Dr. Martha Walker of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE).

The Dan River Basin Community Stakeholder Team began meeting in September 2014. Over the course of the next year that included ten Stakeholder Team meetings and public forums, members identified goals and concerns, learned about the impacts of the coal ash release, and identified solutions and potential funding implementation opportunities. The final report can be found here.