Duke Energy's cooling pond at H.F. Lee Plant breaks
Duke Energy reported that a portion of the earthen cooling pond wall at the H.F. Lee Plant in Goldsboro, N.C., experienced a break in the early afternoon following historic flooding from Hurricane Matthew. The break is approximately 50 to 60 feet wide. The pond is about 545 acres and does not contain coal ash. The cooling pond is a man-made reservoir that was constructed to supply cooling water to power plants at the site. The active ash basin is not affected by this incident and continues to operate safely. This event is expected to contribute less than an inch of water to the river. The 920 MW natural gas combined cycle plant also continues to operate safely, and the company will evaluate continued plant operations.