The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is asking interested individuals and organizations to comment in writing and at four public meetings this month on the utility’s lengthy draft plans to close coal-fired power plant waste impoundments near Asheville, Gastonia, Eden and Wilmington.
As reported by Catherine Clabby of North Carolina Health News, the sites in question are not the largest of Duke coal ash impoundments in North Carolina that collectively hold more than 100 million tons of coal ash, most stored in unlined pits. But after the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill, the General Assembly designated these sites as high-risk locations to be dug up and closed down first.
Duke Energy has already begun excavation at the four properties now under DEQ review. Two of the stations have plans for new on-site landfills.
Hyperlinks to the draft plans, information on commenting in writing on the draft plans, and a public meeting schedule can be found at http://ow.ly/ZUah309R8Hj.