Duke Energy: Thousands of gallons of stormwater from coal pile spills into Broad River

- The Department of Environmental Quality has been notified following a stormwater spill at one of Duke Energy's old coal plants, the company said.

Duke Energy confirmed the spill at the Rogers Energy Complex in Mooresboro, NC.

Recent severe weather and heavy rainfall at the plant caused stormwater from the site’s coal pile to overflow and reach the Broad River, Duke Energy stated in a press release.

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Plant officials noticed the overflow Tuesday during a routine inspection of the plant property. They said the stormwater had come into contact with an area where unburned coal is stored.

Duke Energy officials stressed that the stormwater that reached the river did no contact coal ash.

“The stormwater runoff has since stopped and steps have been taken to prevent the issue from occurring again,” the press release said. “We have seen no impacts to the Broad River.

The company initially estimated between 15,000 to 50,000 gallons of stormwater reached the river.

The Catawba Riverkeeper said this is not the first flooding issue for the Rogers Energy Complex, formerly the Cliffside Steam Station. On October 7, 2005, a creek (Suck Creek) running through the site flooded.

 

 

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