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Lynn Good, Duke Energy CEO and President

We demand that Duke Energy clean up the coal ash ponds around the Riverbend Coal plant on Mountain Island Lake.  These coal ash ponds need to be cleaned up in order to save Mountain Island Lake from further contamination from dirty chemicals such as mercury, lead, selenium, and others.


Signed,

Monica Mariko Embrey

This petition closed over 1 year ago

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Coal ash ponds left behind by Duke Energy are polluting the water of Mountain Island Lake.  Coal ash is formed when coal is burned in boilers that generate steam for power generation. Coal ash...

Coal ash ponds left behind by Duke Energy are polluting the water of Mountain Island Lake.  Coal ash is formed when coal is burned in boilers that generate steam for power generation. Coal ash pollution contains high levels of toxic heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, and selenium.[1]  Duke energy burned coal at Riverbend for 84 years before closing the plant in April, 2013 due to pressure from residents.

While the plant's closure is welcome news to nearby residents, Duke Energy has yet to release a comprehensive, environmentally-friendly plan for disposing of the nearly three million tons of coal ash that has accumulated over the years.  Currently, the coal ash has been dumped into ponds, which have had several leaks into Mountain Island Lake reported recently.  This water discharge from the ponds has been tested and results show arsenic levels at about twenty times the EPA limit for safe drinking water.

These ash ponds are a health hazard to the residents around the retired Riverbend Coal plant and Mountain Island Lake.  Duke must clean up the mess they made.

Sources: [1] Environmental Protection Agency - Coal Combustion Residues

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