Coal Ash Enforcement

Rescinded (9/29/2015) policy for compliance evaluation of long term permitted facilities with no prior groundwater monitoring requirements. The 2011 policy memo, written by the Perdue administration provided for penalties for environmental contamination to be assessed under certain circumstances. However, communication between the Perdue administration and Duke Energy discovered during the legal process makes it clear that the intent of the memo was to favor corrective action in lieu of fines.

DENR Letter of Aug. 28, 2014


Enforcement Information for individual facilities can be found on the Facilities and Permits page here.


Impacts to livestock and irrigation downstream of the spill

  • Using projections of water-quality trends based on hundreds of water analyses made during a 40-day period following the release of approximately 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River on Feb. 2, 2014, North Carolina State University soil scientists conclude that the river water is suitable for use as irrigation water on crops and as drinking water for livestock. Researchers caution, however, that flooding, drought conditions or other episodic events in or around the river could change the conditions measurably. The N.C. State University study can be found on the NCSU website.