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Duke Energy's appeal of state decision to mandate coal ash basin excavation moves forward

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World Coal,

Duke Energy has responded to an order issued in the company's ongoing appeal against a decision requiring nine coal ash basins to be closed by excavation.

The company filed a case with the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) believing that NCDEQ made the wrong decision for customers and communities.

Since 2014, the company has made progress in safely and permanently closing coal ash basins in ways that protect people and the environment. Its work in North Carolina includes:

  • Basin excavation is completed at Dan River, Sutton Plant and Riverbend Steam Station.
  • Water and ash flows have been stopped to all basins except the Asheville plant, which will retire, and basin water removal is underway at virtually every site across the state.
  • Three beneficial reuse units are under construction at Cape Fear, Buck and HF Lee.

The Coal Ash Management Act (CAMA) states that basin closure decisions should be driven by science and engineering. The company believes that in the process of basin closures, NCDEQ has ignored the costs for customers and ignored aspects of CAMA.

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