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State officials issue additional violations at Duke Energy’s Riverbend facility

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 12:00am

The state environmental department has expanded a notice of violation sent to Duke Energy in early March for its Riverbend facility. The notice of violation was expanded to include unauthorized leaking of wastewater from the facility’s coal ash ponds before, during or after March 1, 2016.

The state environmental department issued Duke Energy a notice of violation on March 4 for allowing wastewater to leak from coal ash basins at its Riverbend facility in Gaston county without a permit. The facility received a permit for the discharges effective March 1. The utility has since contested the discharge permit and, as a result, its terms are not in effect until the issue is resolved. State officials have modified previously issued violations to include unauthorized discharges occurring before, during or after March 1, 2016. The utility has 30 days to provide explanation and additional information regarding the violations while environmental officials consider the issuance of civil penalties. 

The modified violation notice for the Riverbend facility is available here.