Public comments sought on state landfill permit for Marshall Steam Station

People can also comment during a Jan. 28 public hearing

RALEIGH – State officials are seeking public comments on the draft of a permit Duke Energy needs for an on-site, industrial landfill to handle coal ash and other waste at its Marshall Steam Station in Catawba County.

The utility is seeking permission from the N.C. Division of Waste Management to build two additional areas and continue operating two existing areas in the industrial solid waste landfill. The industrial landfill is at the Marshall Steam Station in Sherrill’s Ford near Mooresville.

“This draft permit aims to protect public health and the environment by following the requirements of the Coal Ash Management Act,” said Ellen Lorscheider, the state’s Solid Waste section chief. “It would ensure that coal ash residuals are stored in a double-lined landfill away from any surface water bodies. Gathering public input is an important part of this process and we will consider all comments before any decision is made regarding a final permit.”

The state made the draft permit available for public feedback Tuesday after determining that Duke Energy’s permit application satisfied the requirements of state law. In keeping with the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014, people have 60 days, starting today and ending Feb. 27, 2016, to comment on the draft permit. People also will have an opportunity to be heard on the permit during a public hearing the N.C. Division of Waste Management has scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28, 2016 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 North Main St., Mooresville.

The company submitted the permit application to the state Sept. 8. The draft permit calls for the industrial landfill to be constructed with a system for collecting wastewater and requires routine monitoring to ensure the landfill is being properly maintained. The industrial landfill is currently permitted to receive coal ash as well as construction and demolition debris, land clearing and inert debris, waste limestone material and other wastes.

The public notice, fact sheet, draft permit and permit application can be found on the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s website at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/guest/marshall-steam-station .

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