Duke Energy President and CEO said Good's letter states the plan will be submitted to NCDENR within six months, and "removing the water from the ash basins will be completed in the next 18 to 24 months."
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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 ongoingMore >>
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.More >>
RALEIGH, NC (WECT/AP) – Officials with Duke Energy
have submitted plans to close the coal ash pond at the company's Sutton Plant
in New Hanover County, as part of its larger action plan following a leak of
toxic materials at its Dan River location.
In a letter to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary John Skvarla, Duke Energy President
and CEO Lynn J. Good wrote the company's comprehensive plan includes
initiatives to "Accelerate planning and closure of the Sutton ash ponds to
include evaluation of possible lined structural fill solutions and other
options". Good's letter states the plan will be submitted to NCDENR within six
months, and "removing the water from the ash basins will be completed in the
next 18 to 24 months."
Duke Energy's Sutton Steam Electricity Plant was one of
several locations to be cited for a permit violation earlier this month. The
facility does not have a stormwater permit, according to the state. DENR
spokeswoman Bridget Munger said it is required by federal standards for any
industry operating outside where chemicals could be washed away by rain water.
Duke Energy also said it plans to move three leaky coal ash pits away from
North Carolina waterways, including one that coated 70 miles of the Dan River
with toxic sludge.
Duke says it will take at least two years to clean up the
Dan River site, as well as sites near Asheville and Charlotte. State regulators said Duke's plans fall short of cleaning up nearly three dozen leaky coal ash dumps
spread across the state.
After the Feb. 2 spill, Gov. Pat McCrory and regulators
gave Duke a March 15 deadline to provide details of how the company would stop
pollution at the ash pits, but on Thursday, Skvarla called the plans inadequate.