- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - An attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center says environmentalists are pleased with a new plan from Duke Energy that would put coal ash in a lined landfill at its power plant in Anderson County.

The Greenville News reported Wednesday (https://grnol.co/1T1upI9 ) that Duke announced it is seeking permits to permanently store just over 2 million tons of coal ash in a specially-lined landfill at the W.S. Lee Station near Belton.

The power plant burned coal for decades but now burns natural gas. Coal ash contains multiple toxic heavy metals.

Environmental Center attorney Frank Holleman says storing the ash on site keeps the Saluda River and nearby area safer and cleaner.

The center is pursuing multiple lawsuits in North Carolina to force Duke to move coal ash into lined storage.


Information from: The Greenville News, https://www.greenvillenews.com

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