State seeks feedback on draft permit and consent order for Asheville Steam Electric Plant

Raleigh, NC

The N.C. Division of Water Resources is seeking public feedback on a draft wastewater permit and draft special order by consent for Duke Energy’s Asheville Steam Electric Plant. The draft wastewater permit is a modification to the plant’s existing permit, while the special order by consent has been requested by Duke Energy to address issues related to seeps from coal ash basins at the Buncombe County facility.

The Division of Water Resources will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the draft permit and draft special order on Aug. 22 at the Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road, Asheville, N.C. Speaker registration will begin at 5 p.m. and the hearing will begin at 6 p.m. The hearing will close after all comments are received but no earlier than 7 p.m.

Public comments on the draft permit modification and draft special order by consent may also be submitted by mail to: DWR-Wastewater Permitting, Attn: Asheville Facility, 1617 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C., 27699-1617. Public comments may be submitted by email to: publiccomments@ncdenr.gov. Please be sure to include “Asheville Permit” or “Asheville SOC” in the email’s subject line. All comments received by Aug. 23, 2018 will be considered in the final determinations regarding the draft permit and draft special order by consent.

The draft wastewater permit and related documents are available online at: https://goo.gl/3WtzMF. The draft order is available online at: https://bit.ly/2LkIF4K. Printed copies of the draft permit, draft order and related documents may be reviewed at the department’s Asheville Regional Office. To make an appointment to review the documents, please call 828-296-4500.

Questions regarding the draft permit, draft order or public hearing may be sent to the attention of Mr. Bob Sledge, NCDWR, 1617 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1617. Mr. Sledge may also be reached at 919-807-6398 or bob.sledge@ncdenr.gov.

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