by Lisa Sorg
The New York Times today reports that three coal ash waste sites in North Carolina have contaminated water, two of them with possible risk to human. The Times’ story follows the fly ash disaster in eastern Tennessee in which a containment pond gave way resulting in a billion gallons of toxic sludge covering waterways, land and neighborhoods.
Meanwhile Sue Sturgis reports on Facing South blog that North Carolina has eight such “surface impoundments,” with hundreds of thousands of pounds of highly toxic substances generated by coal-fired and steam plants. The list is compiled from the EPA's Toxic Release Inventory data, which, unfortunately, is self-reported.
The list includes the following Progress Energy sites: Roxboro Stream Electric Plant in Semora, Mayo Electric Generating Plant and in Roxboro, L.V. Sutton Electric Plant in Wilmington, Asheville Steam Eletric Plant in Arden, H.F. Lee Steam Electric Plant in Goldsboro, Cape Fear Steam Electric Plant in Moncure;
As for Duke Energy, it has the Allen Steam Station in Belmont and Cliffside Steam Station in Mooresboro Buck Stream Station in Pencer.