- First Public Hearing & Comment Period in April 2015
- Information Posted by NC Dept of Environment & Natural Resources on Permit Applications
- Summary of Coal Ash Disposal in Chatham County
- State Legislation (Session Law 2014-122) on Coal Ash Management
- Project Contractor and Engineered Structural Fill of Mines
- Maps of Brickhaven Site
- Charah Presentation to Chatham County Board of Commissioners on Jan. 19, 2015
- Duke Energy's website information on coal ash plans
- Chatham County Offers Free Well Testing Near Brickhaven
- Duke Energy Videos & Photos of Coal Ash Disposal in Process
- Nofice of Violation Issued by Chatham County and NCDEQ
- *Updated* View Chatham County site monitoring reports
- Brickhaven Fugitive Dust Control Plan
- Link to Brickhaven Monitoring Website
- Other Environmental Hot Topics in Chatham (includes state remediation testing at ST Wooten site)
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
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:
Other Environmental Water Quality Hot Topics
This includes reports on State of NC testing in and around ST Wooten property near Sugar Lake. CLICK HERE
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
- 3-D map showing the elevation of the Brickhaven Mine today
- 3-D map showing the elevation of the Brickhaven MIne after it has been filled with coal ash
- Google Earth map of Brickhaven site (MUST have Google Earth installed on your computer or device)
- Brickhaven Ash Disposal Overview Map
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:
Total dissolved solids
Total suspended solids
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) –
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.