Duke Energy has just submitted its coal ash management plan (see a link to the plan at the bottom of this post) for Riverbend Steam Station on Mountain Island Lake to state regulators, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). If the plan is approved, Duke could begin removing ash as early as March. Initial removal would be by truck until receiving facilities are updated at the reclaimed mine locations where the ash is going. At that point, ash will be removed by rail. This is certainly good news for all of us in the Mountain Island Lake community, and especially folks living along Horseshoe Bend Beach Road as keeping truck traffic to a minimum will be best in terms of safety and environmental impact.
At first blush, this seems to be a positive step forward. We Love Mountain Island Lake will continue to keep you posted as we learn more.
Below is the letter from Tim Gause, Charlotte Manager of Duke Energy, and a copy of the plan for Riverbend.
I want you to be aware of an important announcement regarding the removal of coal ash at the Duke Energy Riverbend Steam Plant. Recall that we retired Riverbend in April of last year. The plant is being decommissioned and today we filed with the state plans to begin excavating coal ash stored at our Riverbend, Dan River, Sutton and Asheville power plants. This plan details our strategy and approach to move more than five million tons of ash in the first phase of work over a 12 to 18 month period. Also during that time, we’ll finalize plans to permanently store the remaining 12.4 million tons of ash from those facilities in time to meet an August 2019 deadline required by North Carolina’s new coal ash law.
Much of the material excavated in phase one will be safely reused creating structural fills and manufacturing concrete, with the rest going to a lined landfill. We’ll be ready to start excavation as soon as we receive the necessary state approvals and permits. I am attaching a document that offers more detail about the Riverbend site. Also, you may visit a link on our website. We are putting in place a comprehensive plan that will ensure all ash at the sites is properly addressed for long-term storage.
I’m proud of the work we’re doing to advance this important plan, to operate our system safely and to close basins in a way that protects the environment. Please contact me if you have any questions. We are going to set up a communications meeting to update the community soon.
District Manager – Charlotte
Duke Energy Carolina
6325 Wilkinson Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28214
Click on this link to see the plan: Riverbend Steam Station_v3 copy