- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

MOORESBORO, N.C. (AP) - Duke Energy says up to 50,000 gallons of stormwater runoff spilled from a coal-fired power plant in Rutherford County and into the Broad River.

The utility said in a news release that none of the water came in contact with the nearly 8 million tons of coal ash on the site, although it did come in contact with unburned coal stored at the Rogers Energy Complex near Mooresboro.

Duke Energy says the water does not appear to have harmed the Broad River, and the utility has reported the spill to North Carolina environmental officials.

The utility says the spill of anywhere from 15,000 gallons to 50,000 gallons of stormwater has been contained.

The Catawba Riverkeeper organization says it is investigating the spill as well.

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