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North Carolina OKs lined landfill for Duke Energy coal ash

Posted July 7

— Environmental regulators have approved Duke Energy's plan for a lined landfill at a coastal North Carolina power plant so coal ash can be deposited there.

The state Department of Environmental Quality announced Friday the permit for the nation's largest electric utility to operate the landfill at the Sutton Steam Plant outside Wilmington.

The landfill will collect material from the now-closed coal-fired operations sitting in two unlined basins at Sutton. Duke Energy already was ordered to close the two basins in 2019. Sutton's ash so far has been transported to fill an old Chatham County clay mine.

Duke Energy previously accepted a $7 million fine for groundwater pollution at Sutton and other coal-fired plants. The department says the utility will monitor water quality around the landfill as part of the permit.


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  • John Kramer Jul 8, 7:53 a.m.
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    Well said. The people who are so "horrified" by this are the ones using the power. Sheesh,

  • Henry Cooper Jul 7, 10:34 p.m.
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    Warning: This is the extreme other side and written as such just to shed some light on it.

    We can blame Duke all we want and they should be for a portion of it but we need to look in the mirror also. We have the most power hungry households in the world. We are plugged in 24/7. We have to leave our DVR's on to catch TV shows we can watch later while our kids are in their room's playing video games. We have to keep our phones plugged in and our tablets on because lord forbid we miss something on Facebook or twitter.

    If the power goes out for 30 mins we hear the generators cranking up all over the place. It reminds me of all the hypocrisy surrounding the oil spill in the gulf while people filled up their full sized SUVs and Pickups.

    But lets not do our part and lower the demand... we should do whatever we want and later place 100% of the blame those that gave it to us even though without us it would have never been needed.

  • Benjamin Kite Jul 7, 8:51 p.m.
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    More clean sustainable energy investment please. I prefer cure to treatment.

  • Linda Tally Jul 7, 2:56 p.m.
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    Somebody other than Duke Energy needs to monitor the surrounding water quality as well. This company's inability to be honest and law abiding is well documented.