Sept. 22, 2016 06:47

Stormwater from Coal Pile Spills into River

Duke Energy’s Rogers Energy Complex in Mooresboro, North Carolina, reports that between 15,000 and 50,000 gallons of stormwater from their coal pile has spilled into the nearby Broad River. The spill was discovered during a routine inspection of the plant.

The energy company believes that severe weather and heavy rainfall caused the stormwater to overflow. The runoff has been stopped, and Duke Energy says they have taken steps to prevent future overflows.

Some believe that the drinking water has been contaminated. A local television station, WBTV, reports finding “water wells with elevated levels of a toxin commonly associated with coal ash.”

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