Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe spent a little more than 30 minutes touring the Danville Water Treatment Plant to understand the filtration process and reassure the treatment director and city leaders he's holding Duke Energy leaders to their word.
McAuliffe asked the treatment director, Barry Dunkley, to keep a record of all extra charges that are associated with removing coal ash from the Dan River. He also said he was happy with the work the treatment staff did in the days following to check the drinking water was safe.
"I had heard the water was fine to drink and everything was in very good shape down here but we wanted to come get a first hand look at it and obviously Dave now is going to spend a couple years doing analysis on the Dan River making sure that we're doing everything that we possibly can," McAuliffe said. He was joined by David Paylor, the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the director of the Department of Health.
McAuliffe said he had recently been in contact with Pat McCrory the Governor of North Carolina and the CEO of Duke Energy.
He says both leaders told McAuliffe they would do "anything and all that is necessary for compensation and remediation.
Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. the directors of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and the Virginia Department of Health are holding a public information session update the city on the spill clean up and how state agencies continue to respond.
At 7 p.m. also on Tuesday night, Duke Energy will update the City Council on its clean up processes.
Both meetings are in the Danville City Council chambers on the 4th floor of City Hall.