Update by Brandon Jones, Catawba Riverkeeper
Today, Dominion Energy (formerly SCE&G) announced the complete excavation of 3.5 million tons of coal ash from the banks of the Catawba-Wateree River near Congaree National Park. The cleanup was completed ahead of schedule with almost 80% of the material recycled. This follows a similar announcement last month from Duke Energy as they finalized their cleanup at Charlotte’s drinking water supply, Mountain Island Lake.
Catawba Riverkeeper is now at the halfway point of our near decade long mission to remove the risk coal ash impoundments pose to the river. Excavation of the 2 remaining facilities on Lake Norman and Lake Wylie was ordered by the State in April. This decision is currently in the appeals process, but we are optimistic that the ruling will result in the removal of all coal ash from unlined pits along the Catawba.