On February 2, a retired coal plant, operated by Duke Energy in Eden, began leaking approximately 30,000 tons of toxic coal ash into the Dan River. It was the third largest of its kind in the country's history. The river, a vital drinking source for Virginia and North Carolina towns, may have been polluted with heavy metals such as arsenic. Ball reports on a February meeting of the NC Genial Assembly's Environmental Review Commission. Among the points raised was the question--\"Who is going to pay for the cleanup?\" A complicating factor in the fallout following the spill is that Governor Pat McCrory worked thirty years for the company that caused the spill.