Front Porch Blog

Coal Ash Pond Failure in Wimington NC

Aerial Photo of Progress Energy’s Sutton Plant (Left) and its 135 Acre Ash Pond (Right)


Right here in North Carolina a coal ash pond at Progress Energy’s Sutton Plant near Wilmington was breached on Monday.

Monday’s heavy rains may have been a factor in the failure, but there is another wave of heavy rains coming to the region today and tomorrow that may cause even more problems.

for more information on the spill you can check out the Wilmington Star’s article here.

Cape Fear Riverkeeeper, Kemp Burdette is investigating the situation. We will post updates as they are available.

This comes spill at a time when the EPA is considering regulating coal ash as a hazardous waste, in the wake of the Kingston Tennessee Spill that released over 1 billion gallons of toxic coal ash into the Clinch, Emory and Tennessee Rivers two years ago.

An expert kayaker with a serious passion for protecting our waterways, Eric served as our Water Quality Specialist for the Appalachian Water Watch team from 2010 to 2015.


TAGS:


Facebook Twitter Instagram Flickr Youtube