Duke Energy Submits Plans to Excavate Coal Ash to NC DENR

Published By : 18 Nov 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Duke Energy has finally submitted plans to North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR) for making coal ash excavations at the high-priority facilities such as Dan River Steam Station (Eden), Riverbend Steam Station (Mount Holly), Asheville Steam Electric Plant, and L.V. Sutton Steam Electric Plant (Wilmington). As per the North Carolina’s Coal Ash Management Act the basin at these mentioned areas much be shut down by August 1st, 2019. However, before the excavation can commence, the company needs to get the approval of all the associated permits.

Though the focus has been on the closing down of ash basins, Duke has been sketching plans of making long-term storage. According to Lynn Good, the President and Chief Executive Officer stated, Duke Energy submission of plans marks a milestone for the company indicating its commitment to go forth in making the long-term coal storage in North Carolina as early as possible.

The excavation plans are in phases that will allow Duke Energy to start moving ash from the stated areas before other plans are developed and implemented. In the initial phase Duke will move about 5.1 million tons of ash from the four sites, which amounts to about 30% of the total ash stored there. The first phase will roll out in the 12 to 18 months following the sanctions from NC DENR.

This ash will be used for engineering structural fill projects such as the ones at Asheville Regional Airport and two more projects coming up at open-pit clay mines.
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