Information on Coal Ash Disposal at Brickhaven

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SUMMARY:  On Nov. 13, 2014, Duke Energy announced plans to permanently close coal ash basins and store the coal ash generated by its North Carolina power plants. This included identifying several specific disposal locations for the coal ash, including lining the excavated sites at the Brickhaven Mine in Moncure and the Sanford Mine in Sanford. These two local sites would receive an estimated two million tons of coal ash in Phase One of the removal project.

Chatham Commissioners Adopt Resolution Opposing Coal Ash Disposal

The Board of Commissioners approved this resolution on Dec. 15, 2014. Click here to view.

Duke Energy Coal Ash
Update Webpage

Duke Energy wants to keep you up-to-date about the latest developments in the company’s coal ash management plans. By visiting Duke Energy’s website, you will find information about coal ash management, power plants and Charah’s plans for the Brickhaven Flatwoods Road mine site in Moncure, N.C. Visit the webpage at:
http://duke-energy.com/ash-management/

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According to Duke Energy, the "plan calls for ash from the L.V. Sutton Plant in Wilmington and the Riverbend Steam Station in Mount Holly to be transported, mostly by rail, to the Sanford Mine in Lee County and the Brickhaven Mine in Chatham County. Once at the mines, both owned by Charah, ash will be used in a fully lined structural fill at the sites".

Duke Energy says that as part of the first phase of a comprehensive plan to comply with state law and close ash basins at its coal plants in North Carolina, Duke Energy is contracting with Charah to transport a portion of coal ash excavated from two of its retired power plants to beneficial reuse projects in Lee and Chatham counties.

The plan calls for ash from the L.V. Sutton Plant in Wilmington and the Riverbend Steam Station in Mount Holly to be transported, mostly by rail, to the Sanford Mine in Lee County and the Brickhaven Mine in Chatham County. Once at the mines, both owned by Charah, ash will be used in a fully lined structural fill at the sites.

Duke Energy says that Charah has expertise managing ash and is working in partnership with Duke Energy on the Lee County and Chatham County beneficial reuse projects. Charah is also managing a similar beneficial reuse project for Duke Energy at the Asheville Regional Airport.

Information on Duke Energy’s plans to comply with North Carolina’s new coal ash law can be found at www.duke-energy.com/ash-management

STATE LEGISLATION CONCERNING COAL ASH MANAGEMENT--   In August of 2014, the NC General Assembly passed SENATE BILL 729: Coal Ash Management Act of 2014. The signed law is Session Law 2014-122. This legislation regulates the management and disposal of coal ash. 

INFORMATION ON PROJECT CONTRACTOR FULLY LINED ENGINEERED STRUCTURES

Duke Energy has provide two documents related to the selected contractor, Charah, and the engineered structural fill that will be used at the Brickhaven Mine to contain the coal ash.

KEY MAPS OF BRICKHAVEN MINE SITE

COUNTY WELL TESTING PARAMETERS NEAR BRICKHAVEN

Prior to the disposal of coal ash at the Brickhaven site, Chatham County has offered free drinking water well testing to properties with wells within ONE MILE of the ash pits. The test results would determine a baseline of potential contaminants prior to any disposal of ash at the site, thus allowing the county to track over time any changes in drinking water composition. People living outside the one-mile zone can still have their wells tested, but for a fee of $200.  Contact Chatham County Environmental Health at 919-542-8208 if interested in well testing.

The testing will cover:

Alkalinity
Aluminum
Antimony
Arsenic
Barium
Beryllium
Boron
Cadmium
Calcium
Chloride
Cobalt
Copper
Iron
Lead
Magnesium
Manganese
Mercury
Molybdenum
Nickel
Potassium
Selenium
Sodium
Strontium
Sulfate
Thallium
Total Chromium
Vanadium
Zinc
Total dissolved solids
Total suspended solids

Supplemental Sample
Hexavalent Chromium

DUKE ENERGY VIDEOS AND PHOTOS OF COAL ASH DISPOSAL PROCESS

Photos of the first ash being excavated and hauled from Sutton Plant in Wilmington (Friday, Oct. 30, 2015) - https://www.flickr.com/photos/dukeenergy/albums/72157660825517921

Video clip of first coal ash being excavated and hauled from Sutton Plant in Wilmington (Friday, Oct. 30, 2015) 0:30 - https://youtu.be/ytRbkAHBGy4

Photos of the first deliveries of ash to the Brickhaven mine structural fill project - from Riverbend Steam Station (Friday, Oct. 23, 2015) – https://www.flickr.com/photos/dukeenergy/sets/72157660459312405

Video clip of the first delivery of ash to the Brickhaven mine structural fill project – from Riverbend Steam Station (Friday, Oct. 23, 2015) –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pplUFKUKHQ&feature=youtu.be

NOTICE OF VIOLATION FOR RAIL SPUR CONSTRUCTION

 

On Nov. 25, 2015, Chatham County Land & Water Resources reported that the work conducted to widen and improve the existing road connecting the mine to the rail spur was conducted without an approved erosion control plan. A Notice of Violation was issued with corrective actions spelled out. The NC Department of Environmental Quality also issued a Notice of Violation related to this issue.