SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Duke Will Recommend Coal Ash Cleanup at Three More N.C. Facilities


Contact: Adam Reaves SACE; 828.254.6776 ex 35;

Charlotte, North Carolina—Today, Duke Energy, the nation’s largest energy utility, announced it will recommend excavation of coal ash impoundments at its Cape Fear (Moncure, N.C.), H.F. Lee (Goldsboro, N.C.), and W. H. Weatherspoon (Lumberton, N.C.) facilities. With the addition of these three facilities, Duke now plans to fully excavate 39 tons of coal ash at nine of 16 facilities throughout the Carolinas, including seven of its 14 facilities in North Carolina. Additionally, Duke will excavate one inactive basin at the Cliffside Steam Station (Mooresboro, N.C.).

Duke has already begun excavation and removal of coal ash at the W.S. Lee (Belton, S.C.), Riverbend (Mt. Holly, N.C.), and Asheville (N.C.) facilities and already announced plans to excavate coal ash at its Dan River Steam Station (Eden, N.C.), L.V. Sutton Steam Electric Plant (Wilmington, N.C.), and H.B. Robinson (Hartsville, S.C.) facilities.

In response to today’s announcement, Adam Reaves, High Risk Energy Coordinator for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, made this statement:

“Duke’s plan is a step in the right direction, but we want to see all communities and waterways in North Carolina and throughout our region offered the same kind of solid protections from toxic coal ash. Duke and other utilities in the Southeast should move coal ash away from our rivers and waterways to lined, dry storage at every one of their plants.”

# # #

Founded in 1985, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is a nonprofit organization that promotes responsible energy choices that work to address the impacts of Global Climate Change and ensure clean, safe, and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. Learn more at