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State environmental officials delivered yesterday to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) an amended permit to allow for additional coal ash clean up at Duke Energy facilities. For more than one year, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has continued to seek federal approvals for conditions of the state’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting. The protracted process has delayed the state’s ability to clean up coal ash across North Carolina.

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Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) last week mailed a follow up letter to residents who have had their water supply wells tested near Duke Energy’s coal-fired electricity generating facilities.   The letter is an effort to answer questions that have been recieved since well water testing began, and provides updated information on recent sampling efforts.   Recipients are asked to contact DHHS with any questions at 919-707-5900.  You can view the letter and attachment.  

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RALEIGH – State environmental officials have issued permit approvals that will allow coal ash to be moved away from water sources at multiple Duke Energy facilities and reused as structural fill. The structural fill permit is a requirement under the 2014 Coal Ash Management Act, or CAMA, a law based on Governor McCrory’s plan for addressing the long-ignored coal ash issue.

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The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and Duke Energy signed an estimated $20 million settlement agreement today that holds Duke Energy accountable for groundwater contamination at all of its 14 coal ash facilities and requires accelerated cleanup of groundwater contamination at four sites. The agreement includes $7 million in fines and $10 - $15 million in expedited cleanup costs. Click here to read the signed agreement and here to read the order of dismissal. More information can also be found in DEQ’s press release. 

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The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) released individual well water sampling results from its groundwater reconnaissance well water sampling study today. The study provides a limited evaluation of the distribution of metals and other parameters that may be naturally occurring in the groundwater, and provides data for staff to develop a better understanding of background concentrations of metals and other parameters in areas that are not hydraulically connected to groundwater beneath Duke Energy’s coal-fired power plant facilities.

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State environmental officials posted today the groundwater assessment report from Duke Energy for its Dan River facility in Eden.     Last week DENR posted groundwater assessment reports for H.F. Lee Power Station in Goldsboro, Sutton Power Station in Wilmington and Weatherspoon Steam Electric Plant in Lumberton.  The site assessments are an important step toward cleaning up coal ash as the reports will be used by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources to prioritize the closure of the coal ash impoundments.

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RALEIGH - State environmental officials posted today groundwater assessment reports from Duke Energy for three facilities with coal ash ponds in eastern North Carolina. The groundwater assessment reports for H.F. Lee Power Station in Goldsboro, Sutton Power Station in Wilmington and Weatherspoon Steam Electric Plant in Lumberton are an important step toward cleaning up coal ash as the reports will be used by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources to prioritize the closure of the coal ash impoundments.

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