Newly issued stormwater permits allow coal ash removal at Dan River, Rogers Energy Complex

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 12:00 am

RALEIGH – State environmental officials have issued industrial stormwater permits for two of Duke Energy’s coal ash facilities as another step forward in permanently closing coal ash ponds statewide.

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality on Wednesday issued National Pollution Discharge Elimination, or NPDES, industrial stormwater permits for the Dan River Combined Cycle Steam Station in Eden, N.C. and the Rogers Energy Complex (formerly Cliffside Steam Station) in Mooresboro, N.C. These are among the final permits Duke Energy must obtain before they can move forward with excavation and removal of coal ash at the two locations. 

Wastewater discharge permits will be required for the utility to begin the process of removing wet ash stored in ponds. The department is awaiting review of federal Environmental Protection Agency decanting operations in North Carolina, which is delaying the issuance of wastewater discharge permits. Once the federal review is complete, the department may begin issuing the approvals for the decanting and dewatering processes, necessary steps before removal of wet ash from the storage ponds can begin.

Read the full news release here.