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Hundreds of North Carolina families living near one of the state's 14 coal ash ponds are forced to use bottled water to cook, brush their teeth, and drink. For these families, this is a public health emergency. Their own well water has been poisoned with toxic chemicals found in coal ash. Some of these coal ash lagoons are adjacent to municipal water sources that serve hundreds of thousands of resident. One of those coal ash pits flows into Mountain Island Lake, a drinking water reservoir for North Carolina's largest city, Charlotte.

Right now the state of North Carolina is working on a classification system to prioritize clean up at these coal ash sites. Unfortunately, while all the pits are leaking toxic chemicals, only a few are currently listed as "high priority." How can coal ash removal not be a high priority, while neighboring water is so contaminated that residents cannot cook with or drink it? Does this make any sense?

Hundreds of working families across North Carolina have gotten letters from the State of North Carolina warning them NOT to drink their water. Another state agency which regulates the coal ash polluter claims the water is safe. Meanwhile, Gov. Pat McCrory who once worked for the polluter, has said nothing to address these families concerns. These families are pleading for a solution. Some would move, but they cannot sell their homes. They need clean water. They need answers. They want the coal ash cleaned up and they don't think electricity ratepayers should have to pay for the polluter's mess. And they need answers from the governor.

Duke Energy should pay for the cleanup of ALL coal ash sites without passing the cost on to ratepayers. In South Carolina, SCE&G is committed to fully excavating its coal ash without increasing rates for its customers. Duke Energy made this mess, not ratepayers. This is the company’s responsibility to properly clean it up no matter the cost. And Gov. McCrory, who once worked for Duke Energy, should stand up for residents to protect clean water, not side with the company where he was once employed.

All communities deserve clean water. It’s past time for Duke Energy to remove its coal ash from leaking, unlined pits near communities across North Carolina to safer dry, lined storage away from our waterways and groundwater.

Who is Gov. McCrory Really Protecting?

By now, most people have heard about Gov. Pat McCrory’s secret dinner meeting with state environmental regulators and Duke Energy executives. This is yet another example of Gov. McCrory looking out for his wealthy donors and corporate polluters instead of everyday people who expect public officials to protect their clean air and clean water.

After the secretive meeting, state regulators reduced Duke Energy’s fine from $25 million for one leaking coal ash pond to $7 million for all 14 sites. Gov. McCrory promised to hold Duke Energy accountable for the coal ash spill, but his administration has repeatedly helped the governor’s former employer avoid responsibility.

When was the last time Gov. McCrory hosted dinner for groups working to maintain clean air and water in North Carolina? When, for that matter, have average North Carolinians ever been on McCrory’s dinner guest list? Gov. McCrory needs to come clean on his secret dinner with Duke Energy execs. What was discussed? What did the governor agree to do for Duke Energy while big decisions about coal ash were still being decided?

Public Hearing Schedule

Tuesday, March 1st at 6 p.m.

Sutton Power Station Public Meeting

Cape Fear Community College - Downtown Wilmington Campus
411 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401


Asheville Steam Station and Asheville Power Station
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
340 Victoria Rd., Asheville, NC


Riverbend Steam Station
Gaston County Community College
201 Highway U.S. 321 S, Dallas, NC 28034


Dan River Steam Station
308 East Stadium Drive, Eden, NC 27288


Thursday, March 10th at 6 p.m.

Weatherspoon Steam Electric Plant
5160 Fayetteville Rd, Lumberton, NC 28360


HF Lee Power Station
3000 Wayne Memorial Dr, Goldsboro, NC 27534


Cape Fear Power Station
764 West St, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Monday, March 14th at 6 p.m.

Rogers Energy Complex Public Meeting (Cleveland Co)
114 E College Ave, Shelby, NC 28152


Rogers Energy Complex Public Meeting (Rutherford Co)
286 ICC Loop Rd, Spindale, NC 28160

Wednesday, March 16th at 6 p.m.

Roxboro Power Station and Mayo Power Station
304 S Morgan St, Roxboro, NC 27573

Tuesday, March 22th at 6 p.m.

Buck Steam Station
2300 W Innes St., Salisbury, NC 28144


Allen Steam Station
201 Highway U.S. 321 S., Dallas, NC 28034
Click here to find out more about what needs to be done, from our friends at Catawba Riverkeeper

Thursday, March 24th at 6 p.m.


Belews Creek Steam Station
1012 Main St., Danbury, NC 27016

Tuesday, March 29th at 6 p.m.


Marshall Steam Station
2550 US-70, Hickory, NC 28602
Click here to find out more about what needs to be done, from our friends at Catawba Riverkeeper

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