The head of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP says the Duke Energy coal ash spill that left 70 miles of the Dan River coated with a toxic sludge isn't just an ecological disaster but also a sin.
Speaking on Ash Wednesday to about 100 protesters across the street from the Governor's Mansion, the Rev. William Barber also said the NAACP will hold a Moral Monday on March 17 in Eden along the river. The spill occurred there Feb. 2.
Gov. Pat McCrory said Wednesday it's time for Duke Energy management to tell the public how the utility will clean up the river and what actions will be taken to make sure another spill doesn't occur.
Meanwhile, a national environmental group is beginning television ads Thursday about the spill.
Copyright 2016 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.