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Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2014 1:15 pm | Updated: 8:43 pm, Sun May 11, 2014.

DANVILLE, Va. — When a massive coal ash spill was swept down the Dan River through Danville, the toxic stew smudged this proud mill city's vision of building a new, diversified economic base.

Once a thriving hub for tobacco and textiles, civic leaders now are left to repeatedly assure residents of this city of 43,000 that the water is safe to drink, forget about persuading businesses to sink roots here. The spill is already being used by competitors to lure business prospects away from Danville, a city official says.

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