As Duke Energy currently deals with restoring power outages on the East Coast, the energy company has been pretty silent about their plans of cleaning up the spilled Coal Ash that has made its way to the Dan River (Eden, North Carolina). According to the The Sacramento Bee, Duke Energy has to have a financial plan by this Saturday. However, the article further states that one should not be surprised if the entity paying for this costly spill are actual customers and shareholders of Duke energy. Regardless of who will cover the Duke Energy spill cost, the environment is the only thing actually “paying” from this spill. Coal Ash is known to have about 1/3 of elements on the periodic table. This inevitably trickles down to the ecosystem which affects everyone in the relative area and could potentially harm other surrounding areas.