- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - In a story June 4 about an imploded Duke Energy power plant, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of coal ash basins at the plant. Duke has five coal ash basins at the plant, not six.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Duke Energy implodes coal units at retired power plant

Duke Energy implodes 2 coal units at retired Cape Fear power plant

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Duke Energy has imploded two coal units at the Cape Fear power plant, marking the end of major demolition at the retired coal-fired plant in Moncure.

The implosion took place on Thursday.

Cape Fear began operating in 1923 and produced power for eastern North Carolina during years of industrial and residential growth. Now, all of the site’s six coal-fired units and four oil-fired units have been demolished, a process that began in 1977. Duke Energy says it plans to restore the land.

The site’s smokestacks and emission-control equipment have also been imploded, while the remaining infrastructure will be mechanically removed. The company is developing plans to close the site’s five coal ash basins.

Coal ash is a by-product of burning coal that contains contaminants like mercury, cadmium and arsenic.

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