NC DEQ Hosting Public Information Sessions Before Determining Fate of Lake Wylie and Lake Norman Coal Ash


The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) has the discretion to determine how Duke Energy manages the coal ash stored on the banks of public waterways, including Lake Norman and Lake Wylie.

NC DEQ can require Duke to excavate the coal ash (like Duke did with Riverbend Steam Station on Mountain Island Lake) or they can allow the sites to be “capped in place.”

Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation’s Position

These sites should not be capped in place. If capped in place, the sites will:

  • continue to threaten groundwater;
  • require permanent monitoring and maintenance; and
  • threaten our surface waters with the risk of breaches.

Instead, the coal ash should be stored in lined landfills that meet federal guidelines or recycled into concrete and other building materials. This is already being done at sites across North and South Carolina.

Information Sessions

NC DEQ is holding six public information sessions in communities where leaking coal ash sites are not slated for cleanup.

Lake Norman (Marshall Steam Station)

Thursday, January 17 | 6 PM
Sherrills Ford Elementary School
8103 Sherrills Ford Rd, Sherrills Ford, NC

Lake Wylie (Allen Steam Station)

Tuesday, January 29 | 6 PM
Stuart Cramer High School
101 Lakewood Road, Belmont, NC

Why These Meetings Are So Important

These meetings are the last chance for the public – that’s you – to give input on coal ash cleanup. In April, NC DEQ will announce their decision. Speak up now.

What to Expect at the Meetings

At the meetings, you will hear information presented by NC DEQ. You’ll have an opportunity to speak directly with NC DEQ officials. There will be break-out sessions where you can ask questions in small groups.

Even if you aren’t a public speaker, your presence at the meeting shows NC DEQ that you care about how coal ash is handled in your community.

How SC and VA Are Handling Coal Ash

South Carolina utilities lead the region in efforts to clean up coal ash pollution (Post & Courier)
Saying Virginia can’t risk environmental catastrophe, Northam backs bill forcing Dominion to dig up coal ash (Richmond Times-Dispatch)


Email Riverkeeper Brandon Jones ( or Executive Director Emilee Syrewicze (
Or, call the Catawba Riverkeeper office at 704-679-9494.