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State report explains science behind initial coal ash classifications

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 12:00am

State environmental experts released the scientific data used to determine the risk level each coal ash pond presents to public health and the environment. This classification will determine the closure timeline for each of Duke Energy’s 33 coal ash ponds in accordance with the framework developed by Governor Pat McCrory.

“Thanks to Governor McCrory’s unprecedented leadership to solving this decades-old problem, North Carolina is closer to the permanent closing all of Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds,” said Secretary Donald R. van der Vaart. “The report released today provides a clear path to permanently removing the threat coal ash presents to public health and the environment.”

To read the full press release click here.

To read the comprehensive report click here.

To read the Executive Summary of the Draft Proposed Impoundment Classifications, click here.

To watch DEQ Assistant Secretary Tom Reeder’s videotaped statement, click here.

To read a Frequently Asked Questions document, click here

For a map of draft classifications for each coal ash impoundment, click here