North Carolina asks federal government to review findings about new coal ash landfill

Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:00am

As part of Governor Pat McCrory’s initiative to protect low-income and minority communities from the effects of coal ash, the state environmental agency has evaluated the potential impact of storing ash in a new lined landfill in Wilmington. An initial review found that storing ash in a new landfill near the Sutton Steam Station would have no disproportionate impact on low-income, minority, and other residential communities within a mile of the proposed site.

“The McCrory administration has become a national leader in safely addressing the decades-old problem of coal ash,” said Tom Reeder, assistant secretary for the state agency. “As part of this initiative, we are evaluating any possible negative impacts that storing coal ash in permitted landfills could have on nearby residents so that steps can be taken to protect those communities.”

The state environmental agency has asked the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Rights, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the commission’s North Carolina Advisory Committee to review the findings. The state has also informed local officials, including New Hanover County commissioners and the mayors of Navassa and Wilmington, of its evaluation. The agency will notify nearby residents by mail about the plans for the Sutton facility.  

You may view the full press release here.