DANVILLE, Va. (AP) -- -

Virginia environmental officials are headed to Danville to answer questions about a coal ash spill in North Carolina.

The director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, David Paylor, will be the lead state official at the meeting Tuesday.

Virginia is examining any potential long-term environmental damage from the coal ash spill on the Dan River. Paylor has said Virginia will hold Duke Energy "fully accountable" for any environmental damage from the spill.

The department said sampling of public drinking supplies in Danville and South Boston have met or exceeded state and federal safe-drinking standards.

The department now is turning to additional monitoring of water supplies and aquatic life to assess any damage over a period of several years.
State health officials are also expected to attend the Danville meeting.