On April 1, North Carolina announced its decision to require Duke Energy to fully excavate the six remaining coal ash sites across the state — a big victory in the year’s long fight against the energy utility’s negligence.
Today’s decision by the DEQ requiring Duke Energy to excavate all of its six remaining coal ash sites is a testament to the determination of the people living near these toxic sites who have been calling on the state for strong cleanup measures for years.
The latest news over Duke Energy’s handling of the coal ash crisis in North Carolina has many impacted citizens worried – but perhaps not shocked at the utility’s ongoing duplicity on the issue.
Throughout the month of March, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality held a series of public hearings to gather input on cleanup of the state’s nearly 150 tons of coal ash. Our team worked with local residents to drive high attendance and call for stronger cleanup plans.
In both North Carolina and Virginia coal ash impoundments are being drained into lakes and rivers, a stage in the clean-up efforts that is causing citizen and environmental groups concerns.
North Carolinians affected by coal ash formed the Alliance of Carolinians Together (ACT) Against Coal Ash statewide coalition, and we’ve been joining the new organization at events across the state.