Sunday, October 9, 2016

State environmental department on site at coal ash facilities

Oct 9, 2016

RALEIGH – The state environmental department is onsite at two Duke Energy coal ash facilities to assess the impact of flooding from Hurricane Matthew.

A creek near the Weatherspoon plant in Robeson County overflowed into a cooling pond Sunday. The cooling pond does not contain coal ash and no coal ash ponds are threatened by the flooding.

The Neuse River near the H.F. Lee plant in Wayne county is at risk of cresting and flooding a cooling pond and two inactive coal ash ponds. The inactive ponds flooded in the mid-90’s and no coal ash was released. No active coal ash ponds are threatened by flooding at this time.