Coal Ash - Blog

In an effort to provide well owners a better understanding of the regulations and health risk evaluation process, staff at the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has put together a health risk explanation FAQ sheet. This resource explains the regulations that apply to public and private drinking water supplies in North Carolina, discusses the health risk evaluations, and provides insight into how municipal water utilities safely provide drinking water to their customers.

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The NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources will post the third round of well water testing results next week. The first round of test results and summaries were posted May 5th, updated results were posted May 20th and the latest updates are being gathered for posting the week of June 8. Testing and retesting of water supply wells within approximately 1,500 feet of a coal ash pond compliance boundary is underway. Third party state-certified laboratories will contact impacted well owners about the well sampling process.

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While the first round of testing is underway for people who use private water supply wells and public drinking water supply wells within 1,000 feet of a coal ash storage pond subsequent testing is underway for residents within 1,500 feet of a coal ash storage pond. Well owners are contacted by 3rd party state-certified laboratories to sample water from their wells. Testing is also underway for wells earlier tested that were recommended for retesting.

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The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has posted updated results and summaries of well testing information posted earlier this month. This is the first time the well test results have been updated since the first results were posted to the DENR website April 30. Posted results are in continuation of well testing conducted earlier this year as part of a program to test wells near coal ash ponds throughout the state. 

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The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has posted the results of well testing conducted earlier this year as part of a program to test wells near coal ash ponds throughout the state. You may view a summary of wells tested as of the date indicated here. You may view the raw data from the first round of well water testing here, which has an accompanying notes page here.  Additional groundwater information in regard to coal ash can be found on the department’s well water testing page.

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