This is a guest post from Waterkeepers Alliance. To read their original press release on the breaking story, click here.
GOLDSBORO, N.C. — Waterkeeper Alliance and Sound Rivers have discovered a large coal ash spill into the Neuse River from the Duke Energy H.F. Lee facility, 10 miles upstream of Goldsboro, NC. A substantial but undetermined amount of coal ash was found floating on the surface of the river in a layer over one inch thick. See video here.
The spill came from at least one of three inactive coal ash ponds containing more than one million tons of exposed coal ash. The ponds had been submerged by Hurricane Matthew flood waters for more than seven days until flood waters receded over the weekend. Fly ash coated tree branches as much as seven feet above the river surface, indicating the spill began no later than last Tuesday, when the water level reached a record flood stage.
SACE’s 2019 energy efficiency annual report shows that Southeastern states and utilities continue to rely on expensive, outdated, carbon polluting fossil fuel power plants, while underinvesting in abundant low-cost efficiency resources. Duke…