Duke Energy To Dump Coal Ash At A Landfill In Person County

ROUGEMONT, N.C. – Duke Energy will take coal ash dredged from the Dan River and dump it at the Upper Piedmont Landfill in Person County.

Division Manager at the Upper Piedmont Landfill, Gregory Duhon, told WFMY News 2 it rejected Duke Energy's first load Monday because it didn't meet state requirements. But it will take the loads when they are in compliance.

"Each load that comes in will be under close scrutiny," Duhon said. "We've been alerted to the fact that there may be problems or issues. Therefore we will be very vigilant."

Duhon said the landfill has a long-standing relationship with Duke Energy and has taken waste from them in the past. It is a privately owned, double-lined landfill.

Person County commissioners told WFMY they are against Duke Energy dumping its coal ash in their landfill. But, they say there is nothing within the EPA's guidelines to prevent them from dumping it there.

"Movement away from their property will eventually transfer their liability of all health and environmental issues to the county." County Commissioner Frances Blalock said.

The commissioners will discuss a deal Monday that will keep the coal ash from going into the Person County landfill.

Jeff Brooks, a Duke Energy Spokesperson said, " We are confident this material will be disposed of safely and within the permit requirements of this facility."


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