DAY 103: EPA to Discuss River Clean Up

For weeks I have been talking about the need for a coal ash cleanup meeting here in our area and have discussed the idea with a number of people. After attending the Town Hall Eden Coal Ash Meeting on March 31st and seeing how meeting organizers wanted to embrace the Warren County environmental justice history, I realized a meeting in our parts has been long overdue.

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Day 97: Saving Beloved Kerr Lake

I take the coal ash breach into the Roanoke River Basin, into the Dan River, into Kerr Lake very, very personally. Ken and I moved to Warren County largely because of Kerr Lake and the beauty of the surrounding rural area. Kerr Lake is beloved to me. Now, I realize that swimming in it without fear of pollutants is a privilege of the past, and I am devastated by this realization.

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Day 76:”The canary in the coal ash”

“They could have let us file and we could have worked together but he scrambled to prevent us from bringing our own lawsuit,” said Frank Holleman, an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, which tried to sue Duke Energy under the Clean Water Act three times, only to be thwarted by DENR. “They did everything they could to hinder our ability to be effective.”

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A Stakeholders’ Collaborative Coal Ash Cleanup Model

A Stakeholders’ Collaborative Coal Ash Cleanup Model

Statement 1: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed an enforceable agreement with Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (Duke) to perform a comprehensive assessment, determine the location of coal ash deposits and to remove deposits along the Dan River as deemed appropriate by EPA in consultation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a result of the coal ash spill that occurred at the Dan River Steam Station on February 2, 2014.”

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Chronology of Coal Ash in the Dan