There’s still 100 million tons of coal ash to be excavated from Duke Energy ponds

Read the full story at North Carolina Policy Watch.

Millions of tons of coal ash have been excavated from unlined ponds at Duke Energy power plants, but an enormous amount has yet to be dug up, according to the inventory listed in the NC Department of Environmental Quality’s annual coal ash report to the General Assembly.

As of July 2020, there were more than 100 million tons of coal ash remaining in the unlined ponds at 11 of the utility’s 14 plants in North Carolina.

A combination of state law, a consent order and litigation by the Southern Environmental Law Center resulted in the ponds’ closure.

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