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Method used for closing coal ash ponds linked to problems

Groundwater contamination found at ‘cap-in-place’ site

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Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:30 am

The legislation that cleared the General Assembly on Wednesday allows Duke Energy to close some of its coal ash pits using a method – known as cap-in-place – that has been linked with groundwater contamination at the company’s Belews Creek Steam Station in Stokes County, according to documents obtained by the Journal.

A groundwater assessment commissioned by Duke Energy shows that the power plant’s Pine Hall landfill, closed and capped in 2008, was contaminating groundwater four years later, in 2012, when the assessment was conducted.

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