Caswell County Health Department

Yanceyville, North Carolina 27379

Dan River Fly Ash Spill

At approximately 3:00 PM on Sunday, February 2, 2014 the Duke Energy Plant located in Eden, North Carolina determined that liquefied coal ash was leaking from a buried storm sewer into the Dan River. Approximately 12 miles of the Dan River run through Caswell County downstream from the spill. The discharge has been stopped as of Saturday, February 8th but only after a large amount of ash was released into the river.

     • Affected states include North Carolina (Rockingham and Caswell counties) and Virginia.
     • North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR), US Fish and Wildlife, Duke Energy and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) are the lead agencies.
Water sampling is being conducted by NC DENR, US EPA and US Fish and Wildlife
     • Several drinking water intakes that are downstream from this release are being closely monitored: Danville, Virginia (which services a small part of Caswell County) and South Boston, Virginia. Downstream sampling is also occurring in NC in several spots that are not drinking water intakes. Water from the Danville, VA municipal water system and properly constructed wells are considered safe to use.
     • No illness, injuries, or deaths have been reported. No evacuations reported. NC DETECT and Carolinas Poison Center report no Emergency Department admissions and no calls related to this incident. However, until more specific information becomes available it is advised that all contact with fly ash and water in the Dan River be minimized.
     • Hazards of concern from this spill may include: arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, selenium, zinc, aluminum, boron, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and sodium. Metal residuals are declining since last week.

Related Links:

     North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources

     Duke Power

     Caswell County Press Release  

     NC Division of Public Health Advisory

     US Fish & Wildlife Press Release

     FAQ From NC Division of Public Health

Mission Statement:
The mission of the Caswell County Health Department is to protect the health and welfare of the Caswell County citizens and to meet the county's health needs through direct services, assessment and evaluation, and community partnerships.  We hold the following Core Values to fulfill this mission.

Health Promotion:


Partnerships: Quality:

We emphasize the importance of healthy lifestyle and behaviors that lead to an enhanced quality of life and lower health risk.
We act promptly to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and to lower risk factors that lead to chronic disease.
We work to ensure food safety, clean drinking water, clean air and a safe environment.
We cooperate with community, state, and national partners to meet the needs of the citizens.
We strive to meet the highest standards of quality as we provide services to our citizens.

Health Department Activities:
The Personal Health facility operates clinics Monday through Friday.  Adult, child, and women's health services are offered, as well as nutritional services.

The Home Health Agency provides quality  home care to patients who are homebound, under the care of a physician, and in need of skilled services in Caswell and in parts of Rockingham, Alamance, Orange, and Guilford Counties.  It is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.

Environmental Health helps protect the public from environmental hazards by monitoring water quality and waste disposal, as well as maintaining sanitary standards by inspecting restaurants and other public facilities.

Board of Health:
The Health Department is governed by the Board of Health, which is comprised of residents of Caswell County who are appointed by the County Commissioners.  The Board of Health has the authority to adopt rules necessary to protect and promote public health.  Board of Health Meetings are usually held at 7 pm at the Health Department on the 4th Tuesday of every month and are open to the public.  For an agenda of the upcoming Board of Health Meeting call (336) 694-4129.

The law establishes that 11 members be appointed to the Board of Health.  The current members are:

Nate Hall
Ricky McVey           Andrew Foster, RPh
Jennifer White, RN
Rose Satterfield, DMD
          Sharon Kupit
Cecil Page
Elin Claggett, PA-C, PhD           Keisha King
Donald Fuller, DVM Carl Carroll

Health Director:
The Health Director is the administrative head of the Caswell County Health Department.  The current Health Director is Frederick Moore, MD who moved to Caswell County in 1986 and practiced medicine in the area for years.  During this time he served on the Board of Health and in 1999 he became the Health Director for the county.

You may contact Dr. Moore at 336-694-4129 x 157 or

For information on community health resources or health related data call 336-694-4129 x 111 or