RELEASE: DEQ approves low-risk classification of seven coal ash impoundment facilities


The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has determined that Duke Energy has met the low-risk classification criteria set forth in the Coal Ash Management Act (CAMA) for coal combustion residuals surface impoundments located at Duke Energy’s Allen, Belews Creek, Buck, Rogers (formerly Cliffside), Marshall, Mayo, and Roxboro facilities.

Pursuant to CAMA, DEQ found that Duke Energy had established permanent water supplies and rectified dam safety deficiencies at coal ash impoundments located at the seven Duke Energy facilities. By law, a low-risk coal combustion residuals surface impoundment may, at the election of DEQ, be closed by excavation, cap in place, or a hybrid approach. 

To that end, DEQ will hold public information meetings where the public can provide input on closure options. The public information meetings will be announced at a later date. 

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