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Va. governor monitoring NC coal ash spill

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A spokesman for Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he's closely monitoring the massive spill of coal ash in North Carolina and hasn't seen any adverse impacts in Virginia as a result of the environmental mess.

Spokesman Brian Coy says McAuliffe has reached out to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Duke Energy and leaders in Southside Virginia to offer the state's assistance to mitigate the impact of the spill. He's also asked top state water quality and environmental officials to keep on top of developments.

Duke Energy says it is developing a long-term clean-up plan for the river in consultation with state and federal environmental regulators.

The spill involved up to 82,000 tons of coal ash mixed with 27 million gallons of contaminated water. It occurred about 20 miles downriver from Danville.

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