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On a cold day in Charlotte, things heated up fast.

Protesters gathered outside of the Duke Energy Corporate building, angry about Sunday's coal ash spill.

The mishap dumped around 82,000 tons of ash into North Carolina's "Dan River."

The coal ash is what's left over after coal is burned to create power. It contains both toxic and radioactive elements.

Nicola Taylor was one of the protesters. "We need to hold them accountable to clean up this coal ash in a way that's safe for people to drink our water."

Duke energy representative, Tom Williams says the company alerted state and federal authorities, once the spill was discovered, on Sunday.

"You know I would just like to the folks who live around the Dan River plant that we take full responsibility for this accident. This accident never should have happened. We're going to be looking at the reasons why it happened after we get the pipe plugged permanently and the solution fixed."

But, some in the Carolinas say that just isn't enough, especially to Kate Fulbright.

"This isn't improbable. It's happening. It has happened and it could happen here. This is our drinking water."

Duke Energy says it has crews working around the clock to get a handle on the spill.

"Right now, the flow is substantially reduced, so you know, but we want to stop it 100 percent. We are working on it now, on a permanent solution,” Williams said.

But, its actions that speak louder than words to this group.

"I would hope they actually show that they mean it by cleaning up the river or the ponds in a way that is truly safe," said Taylor.

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