GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCT) – Days after a break in a cooling pond wall at a power plant in Goldsboro, Duke Energy says some materials may have leaked into flood waters.
Engineers confirmed some materials, including coal ash, were carried by flood waters outside inactive coal ash basins at the H.F. Lee Power Plant.
The power company says water samples tested from downstream at an inactive basin showed no measurable ash-related elements in the Neuse River.
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality evaluated the area impacted this on Saturday. Environmental officials determined minimal release of coal ash from the leak.
NC DEQ has mandated the H.F. Lee plant be fully excavated since it is in a floodplain.
Duke Energy announced the power plant’s cooling pond spill on Wednesday. At the time the company said the flooding Neuse River would have minimal impact on the spill.
As a precaution, Duke Energy says it notified the appropriate regulators about the findings.