DEQ announces 14 public meetings on draft coal ash pond closure deadlines

DEQ announces 14 public meetings on draft coal ash pond closure deadlines

By / State News / الأربعاء, 13 كانون2/يناير 2016 05:00

RALEIGH, N.C. - The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, or DEQ, on Friday announced 14 public meetings on the department’s draft proposed classifications for each of Duke Energy coal ash impoundments in North Carolina.  
The hearings give the public an opportunity to learn about the draft classifications and provide feedback to the agency.
“The public meetings are a great opportunity for the public to get involved in the classification process,” said DEQ Assistant Secretary Tom Reeder. “DEQ is committed to relying on science and public comment to determine closure deadlines. We welcome feedback from the communities impacted by Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds and hope that the public participation process produces additional scientific and technical data that can help inform our final determinations.”
In accordance with the coal ash law, DEQ developed a draft proposed classification for every coal ash pond in the state. The classification process is an important step in cleaning up coal ash to protect the environment and ratepayers, and will determine the deadline for when each impoundment must be closed.
A public meeting will be held in each county with a coal ash facility. At each meeting, DEQ will explain the draft proposed classifications and receive comments from the public.
A detailed list of public meetings can be found on DEQ’s website at http://www.ncdenr.gov and listed below:
• Allen Steam Station
Gaston College Myers Center Auditorium, 201 Highway U.S. 321 S Dallas, NC 28034
6p.m., March 22, 2016
• Asheville Power Station
AB Technical Community College Ferguson Auditorium, 340 Victoria Rd, Asheville, NC 28801
6p.m., March 1, 2016
• Belews Creek Steam Station
Walnut Cove Public Library, 106 5th St, Walnut Cove, NC 27052
6p.m., March 24, 2016
• Buck Steam Station
Catawba College Room 300, 2300 W Innes St, Salisbury, NC 28144
6p.m., March 22, 2016
• Cape Fear Power Station
Central Carolina Community College Building 2 Multipurpose Room, 764 West St, Pittsboro, NC 27312
6p.m., March 10, 2016
• Rogers Energy Complex (formerly Cliffside)
Isothermal Community College Auditorium, 286 ICC Loop Rd, Spindale, NC 28160
6p.m., March 14, 2016
• Rogers Energy Complex (formerly Cliffside)
Boiling Springs Town Hall, 114 E College Ave, Shelby, NC 28152
6p.m., March 14, 2016
• Dan River Steam Station
Eden Town Hall, 308 East Stadium Drive Eden, North Carolina 27288
6p.m., March 1, 2016
• H.F. Lee Power Station
Wayne County Community College Auditorium, 3000 Wayne Memorial Dr, Goldsboro, NC 27534
6p.m., March 10, 2016
• Marshall Steam Station
Catawba Valley Community College Auditorium, 2550 US-70, Hickory, NC 28602
6p.m., March 29, 2016
• Mayo Power Station
Person County Government Building, 304 S Morgan St, Roxboro, NC 27573
6p.m., March 16, 2016
• Riverbend Steam Station
Gaston College Myers Center Auditorium, 201 Highway U.S. 321 S Dallas, NC 28034
6p.m., March 1, 2016
• Roxboro Power Station
Person County Government Building, 304 S Morgan St, Roxboro, NC 27573
6p.m., March 16, 2016
• Sutton Power Station
New Hanover
Cape Fear Community College, room N-202, 411 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401
6p.m., March 1, 2016
• Weatherspoon Steam Electric Plant
Robeson Community College A.D. Lewis Auditorium, 5160 Fayetteville Rd, Lumberton, NC 28360
6p.m., March 10, 2016
Public participation is a critically important part of the classification process. The information gathered through the public participation process will help inform the department’s final proposed classifications.
The public meetings will also be noticed in a newspaper of general circulation in each county. In addition, DEQ will open a public comment period of no less than 60 days to receive written comments on the draft proposed classifications. The public comment period will be announced at a later date.
All draft proposed classifications are subject to change based on public input, including scientific and technical data gained through the public input process outlined above.

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