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Damage cost of the Dan River coal ash spillAuthor(s): A. Dennis Lemly
Source: Environmental Pollution 197: 55-61
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Southern Research Station
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DescriptionThe recent coal ash spill on the Dan River in North Carolina, USA has caused several negative effects on the environment and the public. In this analysis, I report a monetized value for these effects after the first 6 months following the spill. The combined cost of ecological damage, recreational impacts, effects on human health and consumptive use, and esthetic value losses totals $295,485,000. Because the environmental impact and associated economic costs of riverine coal ash spills can be long-term, on the order of years or even decades, this 6-month assessment should be viewed as a short-term preview. The total cumulative damage cost from the Dan River coal ash spill could go much higher.
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CitationLemly, A. Dennis. 2015. Damage cost of the Dan River coal ash spill. Environmental Pollution. 197: 55-61. 7 p. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2014.11.027
Keywordscoal ash, Dan River, Duke Energy, fish, wildlife, selenium, copper
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