Coal Ash

The following resources contain information about coal ash ponds and related issues.

EPA Report Shows Catawba River Threatened by Coal Ash Waste
Coal ash from power plants is being accumulated in ponds along the Catawba River. According to the EPA, four of ash ponds that pose the highest hazard are along the Catawba River.
SELC Coal Ash Blueprint
The Southern Environmental Law Center prepared a short report containing recommendations about coal ash, including the elimination of all wet coal ash ponds.
Video Reports on Coal Ash
Various organizations have prepared videos about the risks and dangers of coal ash ponds. Some of these videos are embedded on this page. Please let us know (riverkeeper@catawbariverkeeper.org) if there are other videos that you would like to see us include on this page.
USGS Webpage on radioactive elements in coal and fly ash
 
US EPA Fact Sheet
Coal Combustion Residues (CCR) - Surface Impoundments with High Hazard Potential Ratings Fact Sheet
POWER POLITICS: Pressure builds for better regulation of coal ash dumps
North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue (D) has endorsed legislation that would increase oversight of the state's coal ash dumps, the massive surface impoundments that power companies use to store the toxic waste left over after burning coal.
NC governor calls for better regulation of coal ash dumps
North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue (D) has endorsed legislation that would increase oversight of the state’s coal ash dumps, the massive surface impoundments that power companies use to store the toxic waste left over after burning coal.
Riverbend Ash Ponds
Excerpt from and Link to article about Riverbend Steam Station Ash Ponds from Carolina Weekly Newspapers.
Riverbend 1
Duke Energy’s Riverbend Steam plant serves as the backdrop to a 41-acre coal ash pond, one of two coal ash ponds the plant uses. Rhiannon Bowman/MIW photos
Riverbend 2
A road and earthen damn separates Riverbend Steam Plant’s two coal ash ponds
Riverbend discharge culvert into Mtn Island Lake
Riverbend discharge culvert into Mtn Island Lake
Coal Ash Disasters
 
Coal Ash Monitoring Well Results in NC
Summary of groundwater standard violations at coal ash monitoring wells in North Carolina.
Coal Ash Monitoring Well Results in NC - Summary
Summary of groundwater standard violations at coal ash monitoring wells in North Carolina.
Report on Groundwater Violations from Coal Ash Ponds in North Carolina
Report summarizing groundwater standard violations from coal ash ponds in North Carolina.
Link to 60 Minutes Report on Coal Ash
Report by CBS news program "60 Minutes" on coal ash.
Coal Ash Video Reports
This page contains links to various video reports on the coal ash problem.
SCE&G Coal Ash Pond on Wateree River Leaking
According to the plaintiff in a lawsuit against SCE&G, the Wateree River is being poisoned by a coal ash pond. Streams of a poisonous, potentially cancer-causing substance recently were found draining to the Wateree River from SCE&G’s coal-fired power plant in lower Richland County. Consultants discovered elevated levels of arsenic seeping from an earthen wall along the power plant’s 80-acre coal ash waste pond, just a few miles upstream from Congaree National Park.
Cleansing the Air at the Expense of Waterways
Over the past few years, coal-plant operators have been installing scrubbers at large coal-fired powerplants to reduce the amount of air pollution. Unfortunately, the pollutants that are "scrubbed" from the air emsissions end up in our water.
October 12, 2009 Press Release from Catawba Riverkeeper
A steady flow of information regarding the safety and security of pollutants from Duke Energy’s four EPA listed “High Hazard Potential” coal ash ponds along the Catawba River continues. Recent articles have explained data that shows heavy metal contamination in groundwater supplies. Catawba Riverkeeper David Merryman exclaims “These ponds threaten more than groundwater. All day, every day- these coal ash ponds are discharging directly into our primary drinking water reservoir!”
White House, EPA at Odds Over Coal-Waste Rules
The Obama administration is engaged in an unusual internal spat as the White House and Environmental Protection Agency tussle over how to handle millions of tons of waste from coal-fired power plants. Utility and environmental groups are watching the coal-ash dispute as an indicator of the administration's pliability on the regulatory front.
Environmental Integrity Project Coal Ash Report
The case for the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to stop sitting on a delayed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) coal-ash site contamination rule is even stronger than it first appeared to be, according to a major new report from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) and Earthjustice. The analysis by EIP and Earthjustice identifies 31 additional coal-ash contamination sites in 14 states, which, when added to the 70 in the EPA's justification for the pending rule, brings the total of coal-fired power plant waste storage sites with poisoned water to 101.
Environmental Integrity Report on Coal Ash - Summary
COAL-ASH WASTE CONTAMINATION STUDY: 31 NEW WATER POLLUTION SITES FOUND IN 14 STATES, SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASING PRESSURE ON OMB TO RELEASE DELAYED EPA RULE
Information about Coal Ash at Wateree Station
Excerpt from February 2010 Report on Coal Ash by the Environmental Integrity Project.
Utilities Plans for Coal Ash Pond May Not Be Enough
Are utilities' plans for shoring up hazardous coal ash dams good enough? Excerpt from Online Magazine of the Institute for Southern Studies
Coal Ash Video
Videos about coal ash and products made from coal ash.
SC DHEC Public Notice- Wateree Station Discharge Changes
TOPIC: Wastewater Discharge Permit NOTICE NUMBER/DATE: 10-014-M/February 3, 2010 PERMIT APPLICANT: South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) FACILITY LOCATION: Discharge to the Wateree River. Facility is SCE&G’s Wateree Power Plant at 142 Wateree Station Road, Eastover (Richland County). SCE&G’s mailing address: SCANA, Corporate Environmental Services, 220 Operation Way, MC C221, Cayce, SC 29033-3701. HEARING TOPIC: Proposal to modify SCE&G’s NPDES Permit (permit: SC0002038) NOTICE PURPOSE: DHEC is seeking input on this proposed decision and invites interested people to a public hearing and/or to provide written comments. Email comments by 5:00pm, March 19, 2010 to Melinda Vickers at vickermg@dhec.sc.gov Please title your email "Note Notice 10-014-M: Wateree NPDES Comments"
Wateree River Sunrise
 
Differences Between Two Possible Coal Ash Waste Regulations
EPA seeks comments on two proposed options for regulations of Coal Ash Wastes: Subtitle C and Subtitle D. This table provides an easy format to view the differences between these two possible regulatory options.
EPA Proposed Coal Ash Regulations
HAZARDOUS AND SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM; IDENTIFICATION AND LISTING OF SPECIAL WASTES; DISPOSAL OF COAL COMBUSTION RESIDUALS FROM ELECTRIC UTILITIES from U.S. EPA. A 563-page document.
Marshall Outfall 001
 
Model Comment Letter on EPA Coal Ash Regulations - Very Short
EPA is considering options for regulating coal ash. The attached file is a very short letter requesting that the EPA adopt regulations that are adequate to protect our water.
Coal Ash Myths
Common misconceptions about coal ash.
Summary of EPA Coal Ash Regulatory Options
EPA is considering two primary options for regulating coal ash. This document summarizes the two options being considered.
Long version of comment letter on EPA Coal Ash Regulations
Long version of model letter commenting on EPA coal ash regulations.
Differences between regulating coal ash under Subtitles C and D of RCRA
This document summarizes seven major differences between the regulation of coal ash under subtitles C and D of RCRA
EPA Presentation on Coal Combustion Residuals
Presentation by Betsy Devlin (EPA) on the regulation of Coal Combustion Residuals at ELI seminar in June 2010. This presentation includes a comparison of regulatory options.
Comment letter on EPA Coal Ash Regulations - One page
One page comment letter on EPA coal ash regulations with emphasis on recreational issues.
Catawba Riverkeeper- EPA Hearing Comments
Catawba Riverkeeper David Merryman delivered these comments to representatives from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at the September 14, 2010 public hearing in Charlotte, NC.
Riverbend Steam Station Retirement Statement -.pdf
June 2011 statement issued by Duke Energy regarding the planned closing of the Riverbend Steam Station in 2015. File is a .pdf
Senate Bill Kills Coal Ash Cleanup Efforts
Senate bill that cuts EPA efforts to regulate coal ash disposal. This bill is identical to H.R. 2273 that has passed the House of Representatives.
Aerial Photo of Wateree Steam Station Ash Ponds
Aerial Photo of Wateree Steam Station Ash Ponds - small 240x300 color satellite image
Complaint re SCE&G Coal Ash Ponds
Complaint filed on 1/12/2012 against SCE&G to compel cleanup of coal ash ponds at Eastover, SC coal-fired Wateree Steam Station.
Catawba River One of Top 10 Endangered Places in the South
On January 26, 2012, the Southern Environmental Law Center announced its annual list of the Top 10 Endangered Places in the Solutheastern U.S. The Catawba-Wateree River was back on the list as the 3rd most endangered place in the Southeast because of the threats from coal ash, power plant water use and unnecessary reservoirs.
Twitter Storm on White House and EPA
Examples of Tweets to send to @WhiteHouse and @EPAgov with calls for coal ash regulations in 2012.
Coal Ash Provision Added to Transportation Bill
Republicans in the House of Representatives added a rider to the Transportation Bill that would prevent EPA from protecting us from the dangers of coal ash. Please let your Congressional representative know that you want the EPA to be able to regulate coal ash waste.
Coal Ash Forum - Cancelled by Duke & DENR! (Gaston County Citizen Resource Center, Dallas, NC, from May 03, 2012 07:00 PM to May 03, 2012 09:00 PM)
Forum sponsored by Gaston County Quality of Natural Resources Commission (QNRC) to educate the public and the Commission about the impact of coal ash ponds at the Riverbend Steam Station on the water in Mountain Island Lake, which is the primary source of drinking water for approximately 860,000 people.
Coal Ash Forum Cancelled
Coal Ash Forum Cancelled
Gaston County QNRC Cancels Coal Ash Forum
The Gaston County Quality of Natural Resources Commission (QNRC) cancelled a public forum and information session about the potential threats to drinking water from coal ash, which had been scheduled for May 3. The reasons for cancelling the forum are unclear.
Duke Needs to do More to Clean Up Coal Ash
For most Charlotte residents, the concern about coal and its residue, coal ash, is as close as the next drink of water.
Court Rules for Riverkeeper in SCE&G Coal Ash Case
United States District Judge Joseph Anderson ruled in favor of Catawba Riverkeeper and denied SCE&G's motion to dismiss, rejecting SCE&G's claim that private citizens and organizations have no right to challenge SCE&G pollution of the Wateree River and groundwater from seepage from SCE&G's leaking coal ash ponds.
Court Rules for Catawba Riverkeeper in SCE&G Coal Ash Case
On May 29, United States District Judge Joseph Anderson ruled in favor of Catawba Riverkeeper and denied SCE&G's motion to dismiss, rejecting SCE&G's claim that private citizens and organizations have no right to challenge SCE&G pollution of the Wateree River and groundwater from seepage from SCE&G's leaking coal ash ponds.
Coal Ash Community Meeting (Cook's Memorial Presbyterian Church Basement Education Room 3413, Mount Holly-Huntersville Road Charlotte, NC 28216, from Jul 19, 2012 07:00 PM to Jul 19, 2012 09:00 PM)
There will be a community meeting organized by "We Love Mountain Island Lake" about coal ash on Mtn. Island Lake. Catawba Riverkeeper, Rick Gaskins will be speaking.
SCE&G and Catawba Riverkeeper Reach Settlement on Coal Ash Storage
SCE&G agreed to a binding settlement requiring the closure of its ash pond and switching to dry ash handling in the future. It is hoped that this agreement will serve as a precedent for the closure of the four ash ponds operated by Duke Energy on the Catawba River.
Coal Ash Panel at DNC
Coal Ash Panel at DNC
Worst Environmental Bill Ever?
The U.S. House of Representatives is considering passage of a bill that many consider to be the most anti-evironmental bill ever. The bill takes many of the anti-environmental amendments that have been rejected over the past year and packages them into a single bill that would, among other things, largely exempt coal and coal waste from health-based regulation by EPA.
Duke University Study Shows that Coal Ash Toxins Reaching Lakes and Rivers
Duke University researchers found high levels of arsenic, selenium and other toxic elements in coal ash effluents and in North Carolina lakes and rivers downstream from the settling ponds of coal-fired power plants. One of the lakes studied was Mountain Island Lake, which is the primary source of drinking water for Charlotte, Mt. Holly, Matthews, Mint Hill, Gastonia and other areas.
The Impact of Coal Combustion Residue Efluent on Water
PDF of article published in Environmental Science & Technology. Duke University researchers found high levels of arsenic, selenium and other toxic elements in coal ash effluents and in North Carolina lakes and rivers downstream from the settling ponds of coal-fired power plants. One of the lakes studied was Mountain Island Lake, which is the primary source of drinking water for Charlotte, Mt. Holly, Matthews, Mint Hill, Gastonia and other areas.
The Impact of Coal Combustion Residue Efluent on Water - Supplemental Information
Supplemental information and figures relating to Duke University study on impact of coal ash ponds on N.C. rivers and lakes.
Coal ash’s threat to N.C. water
Dr. Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke University, penned the following Op Ed, which was published in the Raleigh News and Observer, stating "we may be saving our skies at the expense of our water."
Seep from Allen Steam Station Ash Ponds on 20-12-2012
Seep from Allen Steam Station Ash Ponds on 20-12-2012
Seep from ash ponds into Mtn Island Lake on October 26, 2012
Seep from ash ponds into Mtn Island Lake on October 26, 2012
Diagram showing compliance boundary and seep locations
Diagram showing compliance boundary and seep locations
Catawba Riverkeeper Discovers Illegal Seeps from Coal Ash Ponds
Catawba Riverkeeper Technical Programs Director Sam Perkins discovered at least three seeps (leaks) into Mtn. Island Lake and one seep into Lake Wylie, which appear to originate from leaking coal ash ponds. These leaks from the ash ponds are unpermitted, unhealthy and illegal. They are of particular concern because the leaks discharge into drinking water reservoirs and because Duke Power does not test the leaking material for hazardous constituents.
2011 NPDES Permit for Riverbend Steam Station
Clean Water Act permit for discharge of cooling water, coal ash pond discharge, and other discharges from Riverbend Steam Station.
Fourth Seep from Riverbend Coal Ash Ponds Discovered
Catawba Riverkeeper Technical Programs Director Sam Perkins discovered a fourth seep (leak) from the Riverbend coal ash ponds yesterday and has reported the new discovery to DENR and EPA.
Call to Action on Coal Ash
In response to efforts in Congress to prevent EPA from regulating coal ash, Earth Justice developed a video and is asking everybody to contact their Congressional representatives to let them know that we want EPA to be able to protect our water.
Report Identifies Local Coal Plants Ripe for Retirement
On November 13, 2012, the Union of Concerned Scientists issued a report on coal-fired powerplants that are "ripe for retirement". Among many old powerplants ripe for retirement is Duke's Riverbend Steam Station on Mountain Island Lake.
NC Environmental Management Commission Exempts Groundwater under Coal Ash Ponds from Groundwater Standards
The N.C. Environmental Management Commission rebuffed an attempt by NC Riverkeepers to force Duke Energy and Progress Energy to clean up or shut down ash pits at coal-burning power plants.
Duke Does Not Intend to Clean Up Ash Ponds?
According to a WCNC report, Duke Power indicated that there is no point cleaning up the leaking ash ponds at the Riverbend Steam Station since they currently plan to close the plant (but not remove the ash ponds) in 2015.
Waterkeepers Seek Clean Up of Coal Ash Ponds
Conservation groups filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the state Environmental Management Commission, Duke Energy and Progress Energy seeking the cleanup or shut-down of 14 ash pits that collect tons of waste from coal-burning power plants across the state.
Gaston Resident Points Finger at Duke Over Coal Ash Contamination of Residence
Archie DIxon lives in the shadow of Duke Energy's coal ash facility south of Belmont. He uses a private well, and he claims that pollution from Duke's Allen Steam Station is contaminating is drinking water. He has also noticed more airborne coal ash coating his buildings and vehicles. Here, Archie Dixon looks over his coal ash stained driveway at his home on South Point Road near Belmont
Duke Announces Closure of Riverbend Steam Station
Duke Energy announced that they will be closing the Riverbend (coal-fired) Steam Station ahead of schedule. They indicated that the plant will close by April 1, 2013. This is great news for the Catawba River and the air in the Charlotte region because the Riverbend power plant is one of the oldest and dirtiest plants in the Duke Energy system. We applaud Duke for the decision to close the plant early.
Coal Ash Discharge into Mtn. Island Lake Creating Potential Arsenic Volcano
An investigative report by WCNC reporter Stuart Watson is prompted by a 6th grade science project. WCNC report finds that arsenic levels could accumulate in sediment and periodically erupt into drinking water supply. A Duke University scientist describes the situation as a potential arsenic volcano.
Catawba Riverkeeper Files Notice of Intent to Sue Duke Energy
The Catawba Riverkeeper and the Southern Environmenatl Law Center filed a Notice of Intent to sue Duke Energy over unpermitted and illegal discharges of toxic waste from the Riverbend coal-fired power plant, which is on Mountain Island Lake.
60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue Duke Energy
Notice of intent to sue Duke Energy for illegal and unpermitted discharges from the ash ponds at Duke's Riverbend coal-fired power plant.
2013 Most Endangered Rivers List - Full Report
American Rivers listed the Catawba River as the fifth most endangered river in the United States in 2013 primarily due to the threat posed to water supplies by coal ash waste ponds.
2013 Most Endangered Rivers Listing - Catawba Fact Sheet
Information about why the Catawba River was ranked by American Rivers as the fifth most endangered river in the United States.
2013 Most Endangered Rivers - Press Release by American Rivers
Background information about 2013 Most Endangered Rivers listing for the Catawba River.
Catawba Riverkeeper Response to Duke Energy
In anticipation of the 2013 Most Endangered Rivers listing, Duke Energy issued a preemptive press release and Catawba Riverkeeper made a section by section response to Duke's statement.
Diagram of Riverbend Ash Pond with location of seeps
Diagram of Riverbend Ash Pond with location of seeps
Seeps from Riverbend Ash Ponds
Seeps from Riverbend Ash Ponds
Riverbend Coal Ash Waste Ponds Fact Sheet
The Catawba River is #5 on American Rivers’ Most Endangered Rivers List for 2013 because there are four active high hazard coal ash ponds and an unknown number of inactive abandoned ash ponds on the Catawba River. Coal ash wastes typically contain high levels of toxic metals such as arsenic, selenium and cobalt. All of these ash ponds are located on drinking water reservoirs. No river in the United States is more threatened by coal ash than the Catawba River.
EPA Finally Proposes Plans for Power Plant Water Pollution
After 30 Years, EPA finally proposed effluent rules for coal-fired power plants. The proposed rules include options for protecting waters from toxic pollution as well as weaker standards that maintain the status quo.
Amended Complaint re Duke Coal Ash Ponds
Amended Complaint adding Riverbend coal ash ponds to lawsuit by State of North Carolina against Duke Energy
Summons for Amended Complaint
Summons that accompanied Amended Complaint filed by North Carolina against Duke Energy adding Riverbend coal ash ponds
North Carolina Amended Lawsuit Against Duke to Include Seepage from Riverbend Ash Ponds
The State of North Carolina filed an Amended Complaint on Monday alleging that Duke Energy violated the Clean Water Act by allowing seepage of pollutants into Mountain Island Lake from the coal ash waste ponds at the Riverbend power plant. Mountain Island Lake is the primary source of drinking water for approximately 860,000 people in Charlotte, Matthews, Pineville, Mint Hill, Mt. Holly, Gastonia and many other areas.
SELC Press Release
Press release from Southern Environmental Law Center about North Carolina's Amended Complaint adding Riverbend Coal Ash Ponds to lawsuit.
State Files Lawsuit Against Duke Energy for Illegal Discharges from Coal Ash Waste Ponds
On May 20, in response to a Notice of Intent to Sue filed by Catawba Riverkeeper and SELC, the State of North Carolina filed an amended complaint against Duke Energy for illegal discharges documented by Catawba Riverkeeper. These illegal discharges of arsenic and other toxic substances into Mountain Island Lake threaten the drinking water supply for approximately 860,000 people in the Charlotte area.
State Files Second Lawsuit Against Duke
On May 23, the State of North Carolina filed a second lawsuit alleging pollution of Mountain Island Lake from coal ash waste ponds at Duke Energy's Riverbend power plant. This new lawsuit was filed in Mecklenburg County (Charlotte), where most of the 860,000 people live who drink water from Mountain Island Lake.
Second Complaint Filed by State re Riverbend Ash Ponds
On May 23, 2013, the State of North Carolina filed a second lawsuit alleging violations of environmental laws and contamination of Mountain Island Lake from Duke Energy's Riverbend power plant.
Charlotte Observer Calls Riverbend Ash Pollution "Serious Danger" and Calls for Cleanup
The editors of The Charlotte Observer published an editorial in the Sunday edition of the paper asking Duke Energy to clean up the coal ash waste ponds and related contamination at the Riverbend power plant on Mountain Island Lake.
Catawba Riverkeeper Intervenes in State Lawsuit Against Duke Energy
SELC, on behalf of Catawba Riverkeeper, has moved to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the State of North Carolina over pollution from coal ash waste ponds at Duke Energy's Riverbend power plant on Mountain Island Lake.
Federal Court Clean Water Act filing against Duke Energy for contamination from Mountain Island Lake
Suit filed in United States District Court in Charlotte on behalf of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation; follows a suit brought in Mecklenburg County state court by North Carolina against Duke Energy
Environmental Leaders Visit Riverbend Ash Seeps
News coverage of the July 23rd press conference with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. regarding the Riverbend Ash pond seepage.
Summary of CRF Coal Ash Work at Riverbend (Mountain Island Lake)
Includes facts, data, timelines, map and diagram.
SCE&G Ahead of Schedule on Coal Ash Cleanup
SCE&G reports that it has removed 280,000 tons of coal ash waste from the banks of the Wateree River pursuant to agreement in settlement of lawsuit with Catawba Riverkeeper.
Judge Allows Catawba Riverkeeper To Intervene in State Coal Ash Lawsuit
A NC Judge ruled on Friday, August 9, that Catawba Riverkeeper may intervene in the Attorney General's lawsuits against Duke Energy relating to illegal discharges from coal ash ponds at the Riverbend Steam Station on Mountain Island Lake.
Documents Related to Coal Ash Lawsuits
Public records/information and how they demonstrate problems at Riverbend Steam Station.
SELC and Catawba Riverkeeper Comment on Proposed Sweetheart Settlement between Duke and DENR
The NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources has proposed a consent order that would allow Duke to continue to pollute Mountain Island Lake without a permit for seepages of hundreds of thousands of gallons per day of polluted water into the primary source of drinking water for Charlotte, Gastonia, Mt. Holly, Pineville, Matthews, Mint Hill and other areas. Catawba Riverkeeper and the Southern Environmental Law Center are objecting to the proposed consent order.
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Jan 25, 2017 NC Riverkeeper Report
From the perspectives of 12 NC Riverkeepers, this report discusses how multiple environmental issues pose challenges in the pursuit of clean, plentiful water. Whether you are in North Carolina or downstream in South Carolina, read this report about the state of environmental enforcement.
Dec 13, 2016 Community Foundation of Gaston County grants $5,000 to CRF for Riverkeeper Program
The Community Foundation will fund Catawba Riverkeeper's work in Gaston County.
Dec 12, 2016 A Successful Launch of our Water Education Program at Great Falls Elementary
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation in partnership with 4-H Clemson Cooperative Extension successfully completed our pilot Education Outreach Program with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students from Great Falls Elementary.
Sep 27, 2016 Lake Wateree Fall Cleanup a Sweeping Success
86 volunteers collected 5,490 pounds of trash from Lake Wateree
Jun 13, 2016 Dozens of Youth Reached in Water Education Outreach Program Pilot Lessons
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Fish consumption advisories have been issued throughout the Catawba-Wateree River basin.  Many of these advisories are the result of testing initiated by Catawba Riverkeeper and confirmed by state and local officials.  For a chart identifying fish types with the applicable advisories for the Charlotte area, click here.   For more information about the fish advisories, click here.

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