Coal ash landfill permit to be discussed at public hearing

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2014 file photo, coal ash swirls on the surface of the Dan River as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the river in Danville, Va. Duke Energy estimates that up to 82,000 tons of ash has been released from a break in a 48-inch storm water pipe at the Dan River Power Plant in Eden N.C. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday imposed new standards for mercury, lead and other toxic pollutants that are discharged into the nation's rivers and streams from steam electric power plants. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

EDEN, N.C. (AP) — A public hearing is scheduled to be held in Eden to discuss Duke Energy’s plans to build an industrial landfill that would handle coal ash and other waste.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1RaoZfn) the hearing slated for Wednesday evening will focus on a draft solid waste permit for Duke. The meeting will be held in Eden Town Hall.

The landfill would handle coal ash and other wastes from the utility’s now-retired Dan River power plant. The state Department of Environmental Quality has determined that the application meets state law requirements.

The public comment period lasts until April 17.

Duke Energy must excavate coal ash from the Dan River plant and three others and close the ponds by Dec. 31, 2019.

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