RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - State regulators issued violation notices to five other Duke Energy power plants this past Friday. Among them, the Sutton Electric Plant in New Hanover County.
As part of its ongoing probe into Duke Energy's coal ash ponds, state regulators issued the violation notices for failure to obtain a federally mandated National Pollution Elimination System, or NPDES, stormwater permit.
The federal NPDES Stormwater Program regulates stormwater discharges from facilities that have industrial activities, including steam electric power generating facilities.
These notices are in addition to the two issued for violations at the Dan River power plant in Eden, NC where a failed 48-inch stormwater piped caused a massive coal ash spill into the Dan River.
"Our agency is determined to make sure that all of these facilities are in compliance with state and federal law," said John Skvarla, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. "We're doing everything in our power to prevent environmental disasters like what we've seen at the Dan River. We are committed to protecting public health and the natural resources of our state."
The five additional facilities receiving notices of violation are the Belews Creek Steam Station in Rockingham County, Cliffside Steam Station in Rutherford County, Lee Steam Electric Plant in Wayne County, Roxboro Steam Electric Power Plant in Person County, and Sutton Steam Electric Plant in New Hanover County.