BREAKING: Residents Around Duke Coal Ash Sites Told Not to Drink Their Water
Letters sent to Duke Energy's neighbors after DENR's testing reveals contamination of groundwater wells.
Residences that received letters telling them their water is not safe to drink following testing out of concern given their proximity to Allen Steam Station's coal ash.
North Carolina regulators sent out more than 300 letters to owners of drinking water wells that appear to have been contaminated by coal ash.
Earlier in 2015, sampling was performed on wells within 1,000 feet of coal ash ponds, as was required by the Coal Ash Management Act. The letters state, "the North Carolina Division of Public Health recommends that your well water not be used for drinking and cooking."
Around Allen Steam Station on Lake Wylie, the state sent letters to 53 well owners. The letters cited state groundwater standard exceedences for hexavalent chromium (the subject of the Hinkley, California, contamination documented in 'Erin Brokovich'), vanadium (a carcinogen), pH and iron.
Around Marshall Steam Station on Lake Norman, the state sent letters to 19 well owners.
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