Governor Proposes Legislation That Allows Duke To Leave Coal Ash In Place
On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Governor McCrory released draft legislation that purports to address North Carolina’s growing problem with toxic coal ash waste. The general public became aware of this issue after the February 2nd spill of 39,000 tons of the toxic sludge into North Carolina’s Dan River. Unfortunately, the Governor's proposal is not the type of legislation that is needed or that the public has been demanding.
Gov. McCrory’s proposal is woefully inadequate, and represents yet another gift to Duke Energy from a governor who was employed by the company for nearly 30 years. Help us tell legislators that the public wants real action on coal ash, not another sweetheart deal for Duke Energy:
The Governor’s proposal is alarming in a number of ways, but most disturbing is the similarity between his proposal andDuke Energy’s desired plan for coal ash ponds in NC.
The Governor’s plan barely creates any deadlines requiring Duke Energy to clean up its coal ash ponds, and would allow Duke to leave the ash in place at most of its sites. The bill gifts Duke with an amazing amount of leniency in determining what actions to take, and the few requirements outlined in the bill are grossly inadequate. Duke wants to simply cap the top of many of these toxic ponds, leaving them to sit precariously close to our waterways. But this will not protect North Carolina from groundwater contamination, toxic coal ash leaks, or catastrophic failure.
McCrory's proposal is another coal ash sham, continuing a trend of endless delay and scarce action. North Carolina’s communities threatened by these toxic coal ash ponds deserve to be protected, but McCrory seems more interested in protecting his former employer.
Tell your legislators to reject the Governor’s bill and pass legislation that closes all coal ash ponds quickly and moves the toxic ash to safe, lined storage away from our waterways: