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Duke Energy: Coal Ash Clean-Up Could Take Two Years


Raleigh, N.C. --  Duke Energy has met the North Carolina Governor's deadline, and come up with a plan for closing its coal ash ponds along the rivers. But it's not a plan area residents or Danville City officials are very excited about.

ABC 13 has a letter from Duke Energy to the governor of North Carolina and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, or DENR.

It said the company will permanently close the Dan River ash ponds, but it will take two to two and half years to do it. 

Duke Energy said they also plan to remove ash from its Riverbend and Asheville sites and store it in a dry form, in a lined landfill within a similar time frame. The company has not decided what it will do with its other 11 sites yet.

The Secretary of the North Carolina DENR said in a statement that Duke's plan is inadequate. They want more details and costs. Danville City Officials said they also want more details. 

"Cost estimates and the reasoning for why it's going to take two years, why it's going to take that long and I think there's another six months of studies they want to do," said Lee Vogler, a member of Danville City Council. "Just more explanation about that time frame. I think a lot of people want to see action happening now."

The CEO of Duke Energy recently stated they plan to make their customers pay for closing down their coal ash ponds. Now North Carolina lawmakers are working on legislation to make sure that doesn't happen.

As far as the Dan River, the Virginia DEQ is holding a public meeting this Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers. They'll give an update on how Virginia state agencies are responding to the spill and what the next steps are. 
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