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Hundreds Gather To Protest Duke Energy In Wake of Coal Ash Spill

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Close to 200 people gathered in front of Duke Energy Center Uptown to protest against coal ash spill in Dan River.

Duke Energy released this statement:

We agree that ash basins need to be addressed and we're taking another look at the best way to approach that work.

The information below is not new. It's all be discussed before but may be helpful to your story.

Riverbend Steam Station retired in April 2013 and since then we've been making plans to decommission the site and close the two ash basins there.

We have been monitoring water quality in Mountain Island Lake since the 1950s, and data continually demonstrate water quality is good, fish are healthy and drinking water supplies are safe.

Monitoring near Charlotte's drinking water intake downstream of the plant consistently finds arsenic, chromium, selenium and other trace elements to be less than 1 part per billion. This is less than the lowest amount lab instruments can measure and is well within surface water standards.

Groundwater monitoring at Riverbend finds elevated levels of iron and manganese only. These are also common in North Carolina soils and pose no health risk to drinking water.


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