Add the Broad River to Duke Energy's polluted list

Once again, the riverkeepers, not DENR, inform the public.

The French Broad Riverkeeper detected high levels of arsenic in a water sample of wastewater leaking from the Cliffside Steam Station operated by Duke Energy on the Broad River.

Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson tested the water in a variety of locations along the Cliffside property at the Broad River on March 10. This week he reported arsenic at “25 times” the EPA drinking water standard in one seep just downstream from the spillway and near a retired coal ash pond which has dried out.

Trickle or gush?

A Duke spokeswoman said the volume of the seeps is small and does not affect the overall water quality of the Broad River.

Carson said, “I think ‘seeps’ is a little misleading – it makes it appear like it’s just a trickle. I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re seeing several hundred-thousand gallons a day of this pollution entering the Broad River.”

Comments

Dan River, Cape Fear River, Broad River, ...

and still no order to clean up their mess now.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Not yet on the French Broad

The Broad River is separate & distinct from the French Broad River. The same keeper may monitor them both.

I hope not....

But I bet it's only a matter of time, they just haven't looked closely enough around Lake Julian....

Thanks

Sometimes our brain messes things up between our eyes and our fingers. Fixed.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

And why hasn't DENR

released their test results?

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

We were told...

...that the "seepage" was hitting the ground before going into the river - so I'm assuming unless it gushes straight into the river it's not technically a spill.