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Yesterday, DEQ Assistant Secretary for the Environment Tom Reeder addressed the State Legislature’s Environmental Review Commission to update legislators on the status of coal ash cleanup in North Carolina. Waiting for the federal government to approve permits has greatly slowed the state’s ability to clean up coal ash. For more than a year, DEQ has continued to seek federal approval for conditions of the state’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. The NPDES permits are necessary for Duke Energy to begin excavating coal ash ponds.

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Today, DEQ Assistant Secretary for the Environment Tom Reeder addressed the State Legislature’s Environmental Review Commission to update legislators on the status of coal ash cleanup in North Carolina.  The presentation included overviews of ongoing dry ash excavation operations; beneficial use of coal ash rulemaking; groundwater comprehensive site assessments and corrective action plans; survey of private and public water supply wells; decanting/dewatering, seeps, and permitting; enforcement activities; and draft classifications. 

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Today, DEQ released its draft proposed classifications for Duke Energy’s 32 coal ash impoundments in North Carolina. This is in keeping with the Dec. 31 deadline set up by the Coal Ash Management Act (CAMA). The draft classifications are based on months of scientific review by DEQ staff of scientific and technical information about each impoundment. Each draft classification is based upon the impoundment’s potential risk to the environment and public health.

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Today, DEQ released its draft proposed classifications for Duke Energy’s 32 coal ash impoundments in North Carolina. This is in keeping with the Dec. 31 deadline set up by the Coal Ash Management Act (CAMA). The draft classifications are based on months of scientific review by DEQ staff of scientific and technical information about each impoundment. Each draft classification is based upon the impoundment’s potential risk to the environment and public health.

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State environmental officials today asked Duke Energy to provide information missing from its Corrective Action Plans (CAPs) by Dec. 14.  The Coal Ash Management Act, or CAMA, requires DEQ to develop proposed classifications for all coal ash impoundments by Dec. 31. DEQ needs information contained in the CAPS, including data on the extent of groundwater contamination and its impact on private and public water supplies, to make informed decisions on how to classify each impoundment as low, intermediate or high-risk.

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The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality announced today that six of the 14 required corrective action plans, or CAPs, for Duke Energy’s coal ash facilities have been posted to DEQ’s website. Under the Coal Ash Management Act (CAMA), Duke Energy is required submit the CAPs within 90 days of submitting comprehensive site assessments, or CSAs, of the facilities. The site assessments for all 14 of the coal ash sites were submitted by Duke Energy and posted to DEQ’s website in September.

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