DENR posts groundwater assessment reports for Duke Energy coal ash facilities

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 12:00am

State environmental officials announced today that all groundwater assessment report from Duke Energy's coal ash facilities have been posted.  

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 received all reports by September 9th. All reports are posted at the link below:

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