Under the Dome

Duke promises to meet state’s coal ash deadline

Duke Energy says it will meet the state’s March 15 deadline to provide extensive information on what it plans to do about its coal ash plants.

Duke CEO Lynn Good, in a written response to Gov. Pat McCrory’s Feb. 25 letter, said the utility is evaluating what the Dan River spill means for all 14 of its sites that store coal ash. She said the company is coming up with short- and long-term plans.

She said recommendations will be based on preventing future environmental disasters, like the one at its Dan River station in Rockingham County last month, looking for ways to improve and protect public health and the environment.

“Duke Energy remains fully committed to the safe operation of our ash basins and shares the urgency that the state of North Carolina is placing on this matter,” Good wrote in a letter dated Friday.

McCrory has said he favors moving the coal ash, which is stored in ponds, into lined and covered landfills away from rivers.