Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Duke Energy Coal Ash Dumping in Moncure ?

I am so very thankful for the Waterkeepers Alliance , and the many people who care to find out what is really going on around our state's rivers .
I am sure you all have heard about the 3rd largest coal "spill" in the country by Duke Energy into the Dan River , right ?
Well what about right here in Moncure NC ?  Well it was not a "spill" it was Intentional Dumping in the Cape Fear River aka our Community water source !
I just sent the letter below to several Lee Co officials , our local paper and I am going to continue till I get some answers . Please help me spread the word too.

Hello, I live in Sanford , I am a tax paying voter and have been keeping up with the environmental issues here in NC for several years. I  have chosen to write to you in hope that you will speak up for all of us in the surrounding areas that are wondering why more is not being told to us by the media and our government officials about this serious issue ?
I am highly concerned and worried about what is going on or should I say what is Not going on , to address the problem of the deliberate dumping of coal ash waste ,Duke Energy has done at the Moncure Plant  .
1st in The Sanford Herald , All public drinking water for Sanford, Broadway, Lillington, Dunn, Fayetteville and other nearby cities is taken from the Cape Fear, downstream from Duke's coal ash ponds in Moncure. Those ponds are now being looked into after other coal ash ponds belonging to the company breached in the northern part of the state in early February, leading to the third-largest coal ash spill in U.S. history. In Harnett County, an estimated 98 percent of residents use public water. In Lee County, most city residents have public water while most county residents use wells. Officials in both counties, however, don't appear to be concerned and said they haven't been paying much, if any, attention to the Moncure situation.

Vic Czar, head of the City of Sanford's public works department, said he hadn't heard of the allegations swirling around the Moncure plant. Allan Obriant, superintendent of the Harnett County water treatment plant, said he only learned about it Monday after seeing a news story. But neither had seen anything in water quality readings that would be cause for concern, they said Tuesday.

Now , MY question is "Is the Sanford Public Works , Looking for what comes from coal ash spills at all ? Like Boron, selenium, sulfate, iron, manganese, boron and total dissolved solids ?"
I asked a couple of people that went to your BOC meeting Monday night what Duke Energy had to say ? I was told by 2 people ... "The Duke personal said that lee county waters were not affected since they are 2 miles up stream from the cape fear coal plant issue."
The Duke Energy Reps were either Lying or really Misinformed, hasn't been to the river and can't read a map .
I have fished this river and I know which way the water flows .
 Attached is a picture of Google Earth and look at where the Cape Fear plant is, and where the Sanford intake is. Waterkeepers estimated the Sanford intake at 3 miles downstream from the coal plant.
"Cape Fear River plant, where North Carolina regulators said Duke illegally pumped 61 million gallons of contaminated water from a coal ash pit.Cape Fear is rated by the Environmental Protection Agency as a high-hazard dam where a spill could cause catastrophic damage to nearby homes and threaten lives." also from the herald .
Please help us feel safe drinking the water of Sanford and to give this water to our children as well as our animals .
I am sending this to the media also to try to get them to give answers to the public also .
Thank You for reading this .
Terica Luxton

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If you still want to learn more here is the story on Rachel Maddow show .

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