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.