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CWFNC adopts resolution on coal ash disposal and impacted communities

This March, Clean Water for NC’s Board of Directors adopted a resolution recognizing the need to protect ALL communities from toxic coal ash. We invite you to read the principles we support, including extensive public input from affected communities, no preemption of local protections, Duke Energy retaining full liability for toxic ash, and minimizing distance that coal ash travels from current coal ash ponds to final safe storage. Click here to read the resolution!

Despite public outrage and pressure to fix Duke Energy’s leaky coal ash ponds following the massive spill of coal ash into the Dan River in February 2014, there is still no firm process for cleanup, and new communities may soon be threatened by the toxic mess.

Coal ash and fracking

Lee and Chatham Counties could soon be ground zero, not just for fracking, but coal ash disposal too!

Duke Energy now plans to move 20 million tons of ash from its Sutton and Riverbend plants hundreds of miles to dump it in old clay mine pits near Moncure and Sanford, where communities and county officials have expressed strong opposition to the current proposal. Come to public hearings (click here for info) on April 13 and 16 where you can voice your concerns on the proposal). Duke is contracting with Charah Inc., a Kentucky based waste management company, for the Chatham and Lee County clay mine sites, evading future liability for the ash. All liners for landfills eventually fail, so nearby residents worry about heavy metals leaching into groundwater.

Our state continues to struggle over the issue of disposal of coal ash in light of an increasingly complex web of weak state laws and federal regulations, and in the face of Duke Energy’s blatant disregard for environmental protection, challenging the $25.1 million Clean Water Act fine by NCDENR. It is critical for communities and local governments to have a voice at every step in the process to ensure that coal ash currently stored in leaky pits does not simply end up in leaky storage hundreds of miles away, becoming another community’s toxic problem.

Read our coal ash resolution here.

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