Hold Duke Energy accountable! Submit your comments to NCDEQ

Duke Energy’s Marshall Steam Station. Photo by cdtew at English Wikipedia

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public input on the Special Order by Consent (SOC) for three of its power plants – Marshall, Allen, and Cliffside. You can submit your public comments online until February 14.

This SOC is an overdue first step; however, it needs to contain more strict pollutant discharge limits and repercussions to hold Duke Energy accountable for contaminating water sources.

DEQ is also seeking feedback on Duke Energy’s request for modification to its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the Marshall Plant. The Marshall NPDES permit is the first permit under review by DEQ for a site that is covered by the Special Order by Consent. Future NPDES permit adjustments are expected for Cliffside and Allen, as well as the rest of Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds. This is a precedent-setting action with statewide implications!

Feel free to edit the existing suggested comments or enter your own. See the blog for more information on the SOC and the NPDES modifications.

Submit your comments to NCDEQ now: