MEDIA ADVISORY: Public invited to meeting on H.F. Lee coal ash risk classification

RALEIGH

WHAT: Public meeting on the draft proposed coal ash risk classification for H.F. Lee Steam Electric Plant

WHEN: 6 p.m. on March 10 (registration for speakers starts at 5:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Wayne County Community College Auditorium, 3000 Wayne Memorial Dr., Goldsboro, NC 27534

Members of the public are invited to a public meeting March 10 in Goldsboro to provide feedback on the state’s proposed risk classification for the coal ash pond at Duke Energy’s H.F. Lee Steam Electric Plant.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Wayne County Community College Auditorium, 3000 Wayne Memorial Dr., Goldsboro.

As required by the coal ash law, the state environmental department developed the risk classifications for all of Duke Energy’s coal ash impoundments by assessing structural integrity and the potential impact on surface water and groundwater. The agency’s proposed risk classification for the ash pond at the H.F. Lee facility is intermediate. The state will consider all written and verbal public feedback before making the risk classification final.

The final risk classifications will determine the timeline for closing each of the utility’s 33 coal ash ponds. Coal ash ponds designated as high-risk must be excavated and closed by December 2019; intermediate risk ponds must be excavated and closed by December 2024; and low-risk ponds must be closed by December 2029.

In keeping with the coal ash law, the state is hosting public meetings in each county where a coal ash facility is located and giving the public until April 18 to provide written comments. Written comments may be submitted to: N.C. Division of Water Resources, Groundwater Protection Section, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, Attn: Debra Watts, 1636 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1611.  Comments may also be emailed to leecomments@ncdenr.gov.

The draft proposed coal ash risk classifications and related documents are available online at: http://deq.nc.gov/news/hot-topics/coal-ash-nc/draft-classifications.             

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