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State hosting public meetings on Duke Energy’s coal ash plans


The public is invited to a series of public meetings next week to provide feedback on Duke Energy’s draft plans to close coal ash impoundments at four high-priority facilities: Asheville Steam Electric Plant, Dan River Steam Station, Riverbend Steam Station and the Sutton Steam Plant.

By law, the high-priority classification means that excavation, removal and safe storage of all coal ash at the four facilities is to be completed by Dec. 31, 2019. The closure plans are aimed at guiding the safe closure of ash at the facilities.  

Speaker registration for all four meetings will begin at 5:30 p.m. The meetings will start at 6 p.m. at the locations and dates below:

  • March 13: Meeting on draft closure plan for Asheville Steam Station

Meeting location: Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Ferguson College,

            340 Victoria Road

            Asheville, N.C.  28801

  • March 14: Meeting on draft closure plan for Dan River Steam Station

Meeting location: Eden City Hall

            308 E. Stadium Drive

            Eden, N.C.  27288

  • March 14: Meeting on Sutton Steam Plant draft closure plan

Meeting location: Cape Fear Community College

            Union Station Building

            502 North Front St.
            Wilmington, N.C. 28401

  • March 16: Meeting on Riverbend Steam Station draft closure plan

Meeting location: Gaston College Myers Center Auditorium

            201 Highway 321 South

            Dallas, N.C.  28034

For more information, contact Marla Sink, public information officer for the N.C. Division of Water Resources, at 919-707-9033 or Bridget Munger, public information officer for the N.C. Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources, at 919-807-6363.