DENR posts groundwater assessment report for Duke Energy's Dan River facility

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 12:00 am

State environmental officials posted today the groundwater assessment report from Duke Energy for its Dan River facility in Eden.    

Last week DENR posted groundwater assessment reports for H.F. Lee Power Station in Goldsboro, Sutton Power Station in Wilmington and Weatherspoon Steam Electric Plant in Lumberton.  The site assessments are an important step toward cleaning up coal ash as the reports will be used by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources to prioritize the closure of the coal ash impoundments.

DENR is reviewing the comprehensive reports to determine the extent of groundwater contamination under the three facilities. By state law, the reports are required to describe all exceedances of state groundwater quality standards associated with the coal ash impoundments. Once the state environmental agency determines the report is accurate and complete, Duke Energy will have up to 180 days to submit a proposed Groundwater Corrective Action Plan to the department for its review and approval.

DENR has required Duke Energy to submit site assessments for each of the utility's 14 coal ash facilities and will be receiving all reports by September 9th.  All reports will be posted at the link below:

http://edocs.deq.nc.gov/WaterResources/Browse.aspx?startid=221202