CLEAN UP COAL ASH ON LAKE NORMAN, NC
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At Marshall Steam Station on Lake Norman, Duke Energy stores millions of tons of coal ash on the banks of the lake in an unlined leaking pit that pollutes the groundwater and the lake. In November, Duke Energy was required to make public filings under national coal ash storage standards that showed that Duke Energy’s coal ash storage is failing those standards.
Under the North Carolina Coal Ash Management Act, The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will decide in April whether Duke Energy will be required to clean up the Lake Norman site and move the coal ash to safe, dry, lined storage.
Duke Energy has proposed to leave the coal ash in the unlined pit on the banks of Lake Norman and put a synthetic cover and soil on top (so-called cap in place). Local community and conservation groups have been urging Duke Energy to move its coal ash to safe, dry, lined storage away from the lake and out of the groundwater (“clean closure”).
Duke Energy is now required to remove its coal ash from unlined pits at 8 other sites in North Carolina, but Duke Energy wants to leave its coal ash in an unlined pit at Lake Norman. In South Carolina, all the coal ash is being removed from every unlined coal ash lagoon in the state, but Duke Energy wants to leave coal ash in unlined waterfront pits in North Carolina, including on Lake Norman.
Tell The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Duke Energy to clean up the coal ash mess at Lake Norman by moving the ash out of the unlined pit to safe dry, lined storage – as Duke Energy is required to do at 8 other sites in North Carolina, and as is happening at every coal ash lagoon in South Carolina.
Lake Norman and the surrounding community deserve the same protections! And It’s important for NC DEQ and DE leave a lasting legacy of caring for the community, by correctly and properly cleaning up the coal ash on Lake Norman.
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