Mariel Tanner: Protect our water

06/27/2014 12:00 AM

06/25/2014 1:17 PM

Protect our water

Like most of us out in the working world, I’m an early riser. I like to take my time getting ready for my day, maybe listening to my dad brew a freshly pressed pot of coffee, revive myself from my slumber with a quick morning shower or cook a simple hard-boiled egg for breakfast.

What do all these routine and ordinary tasks have in common? They require the use of water. Clean, safe and overall vital water. Water that Duke Energy has and is continuing to contaminate with its irresponsible way of storing toxic ash.

Not only are they contaminating rivers, lakes and our drinking water, but payment for these high-cost repercussions is being pushed onto ratepayers who have no choice but to stay with this monopolistic company.

Duke Energy should be required to change to proper storage practices for all the sites (dry, lined storage, away from water sources) and pay for all costs, including cleanup. The N.C. General Assembly should adequately fund the Department of Environment and Natural Resources enough to facilitate in responsibly monitoring coal ash pits.

Mariel Tanner


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