Public hearing on March 10: Removal of coal ash at Cape Fear plant

Moncure, NC – The North Carolina. DEQ ranked five basins at the Cape Fear Plant as intermediate in their proposed classifications issued December 31. N.C. DEQ will hold public hearings in each county with a coal ash facility to listen to public comments on the proposed basin classifications.

Cape Fear PlantThe public hearing for Cape Fear is to be held at Central Carolina Community College, Building 2 Multipurpose Room, 764 West. St. Pittsboro NC at 6 p.m. on March 10.

N.C. General Assembly passed the Coal Ash Management Act (CAMA) in 2014. According to the process outlined in the law, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed risk rankings which will ultimately determine how coal ash basins in North Carolina should be closed. Final classifications for each basin are either high, intermediate or low. The classifications outline a timeline and guidance on closure options.

With groundwater safety at the forefront, Duke Energy submitted comprehensive groundwater assessments to N.C. DEQ for each of the 14 coal plants in North Carolina. Results for Cape Fear Steam Electric Plant indicate:

  • Groundwater near ash basins is flowing away from neighbors’ properties.
  • There are no private wells in the nearby vicinity.
  •  The area where groundwater is affected is confined to Duke Energy property and is primarily near the ash basin.

Additional information on Duke Energy’s coal ash management for the Cape Fear Plant is available by clicking here 


December 2015:  PART 1: Duke Energy’s Corrective Action Plan filed with NC Dept. of Environmental Quality.