From coal mining, to burning coal, to disposing of the coal ash that is left behind, coal is dirty business.
Coal ash pollution is known to contain high levels of toxic heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, selenium, and boron. The public health hazards and environmental threats to nearby communities from unsafe coal ash dumping have been known for many years, including increased risk of cancer, neurological disorders, asthma, and other illnesses.
And coal ash waste can seep into groundwater; especially if stored in unlined ponds such as at Duke Energy Progress's Sutton coal-fired power plant near Wilmington where recent reports have shown groundwater has been contaminated. The coal ash pollution is also hurting the fishery in Sutton Lake and has caused the bass population to drop by 50% in recent years. This hurts local people who depend upon the lake for food and our tourism economy. We need to end the legacy of coal pollution in our communities.
Tell Duke Energy Progress to clean up their groundwater contamination. Ask Duke to provide a timetable and a way to involve to the public in the clean up plan.
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a citizen of North Carolina, I am very concerned about the coal ash pollution from your Sutton Plant near Wilmington contaminating our local water and wells. I urge Duke Energy Progress to clean up your coal ash pollution at Sutton, as well as any existing groundwater pollution, and involve the public in the cleanup plan for the coal ash lagoons.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]