McCrory administration issues coal ash violations against Duke Energy

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 12:00am

The state environmental department has issued violations against Duke Energy for allowing wastewater to leak from coal ash basins. Today’s action is another step taken by the McCrory administration to force Duke to comply with environmental rules and clean up the decades-old coal ash problem. The department may also fine Duke for violating its wastewater permits. Wastewater is treated coal ash water that leaks from ponds and reaches nearby bodies of water.

The violations were issued for unauthorized discharges of wastewater at Duke Energy’s Allen Steam Station, Asheville Steam Station, Belews Creek Steam Station, Buck Steam Station, Cape Fear Steam Electric Generating Plant, Cliffside Steam Station, Dan River Combined Cycle Plant, Lee Steam Electric Plant, Marshall Steam Station, Mayo Steam Electric Power Plant, Roxboro Steam Electric Plant and Weatherspoon Steam Electric Plant. 

The department also issued a violation for unauthorized discharges at the Riverbend facility that occurred prior to a permit being issued on February 12, 2016. The Sutton facility was not issued a violation because there were no unauthorized discharges found there.

The violation notice for the Riverbend facility is available here.

The violation notices for the other 12 twelve facilities are available here.