Public Hearing Over the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Public Meeting on Buck Steam Station Coal Ash Closure Deadline
This has been a tough last month for clean water. As many of you have read, the state government of Michigan failed, for most of last year, to protect the safety of drinking water for the people of Flint.
The state government in Raleigh that has failed, for the past year, to protect or provide a safe drinking water for the seventy plus families around Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station that received "Don't Drink Your Water" in 2015. While Duke Energy was shamed into providing bottled water to Dukeville residents who couldn't drink their well water, the state has not required them to excavate their ash or guaranteed a safe, long-term drinking water supply to Dukeville neighbors.
We need your help to hold Duke and DEQ accountable. In December, DEQ staff on the ground determined that Buck Steam Station's coal ash ponds were high risk for groundwater contamination, but the political appointees in Raleigh reversed that decision, saying that Buck is either low or intermediate risk. That means ash could be "capped in place" rather than being excavated, even though we know, from South Carolina's example that excavation works to reduce groundwater contamination.
We need your help to stop this ongoing coal ash contamination of the river and nearby groundwater.
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Salisbury, NC 28144
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