posted on Mar, 21 2014 @ 10:50 PM
This hits really close to home for me.
This is the eighth time within a month that Duke Energy has been accused of violating environmental regulations. The other times include safety
violations, like having leaky containers to keep their coal ash/waste in, and inadvertent pollution. This time they were actually caught by aerial
surveillance on a fixed wing aircraft dumping 61 million gallons of coal waste into a tributary.
Duke is allowed to dump waste into the canal, however they are legally required to go through a filter, called a "riser" to clean the heavier
components out of the waste. They didn't do this...
“We’re concerned with the volume of water that was pumped and the manner it was pumped,” DENR Communications Director Drew Elliot told ABC.
“It did not go through the treatment facility as it should have.”
Here is a link
to read the full story.
This is incredibly negligent, especially considering this canal dumps into the Cape Fear River and provides drinking water to several cities and
Coal ash, which is the waste material generated from the combustion of coal, can contain lead, arsenic, mercury and selenium. If the toxic chemicals
in coal ash leak from storage vats it can poison wildlife and fish, and can lead to cancer and neurological disorders in humans.
Due to their previous mishaps and ground contamination claims, NC regulators were originally going to work with Duke and allow them to pay a measly
$99,000 fine with no requirement that they clean up their pollution. Thankfully, however, this charge, and one other charge from February - a spill
into the Dan River in Eden, NC, seems to have changed their minds. Regulators are now working with the EPA to pursue a lawsuit against them, as well
as several civil groups.