Duke Energy: Inspections of NC facility showed 'very minor' erosion
Duke Energy announced Saturday that site inspections at its H.F. Lee Power Plant in North Carolina confirmed there was "only very minor erosion of material from an inactive coal ash basin on the site. The majority of that material, which includes coal ash, remained very close to the inactive basin, on the berm or a few feet away on the basin roadway. The state team that inspected the facility determined that the amount of material that was displaced would not even fill the bed of an average pickup truck. Water samples taken on October 12, just downstream of the inactive basins, showed no measurable ash-related constituents in the Neuse River. The inactive basins have well-established cover -- including organic material, grass, shrubs and trees -- and have performed as expected in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew with minimal erosion... Because some water remains in the cooling pond, the H.F. Lee natural gas plant can operate, if needed, to serve customers. State inspections today also determined that the active coal ash basin continues to perform well as flood waters recede."