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Waterkeeper Calls for Stricter Coal Ash Storage Regulations in the Wake of North Carolina Spills

As the massive coal ash spill at Duke Energy’s L.V. Sutton Power Plant contaminates the still-rising Cape Fear River, Waterkeeper Alliance is calling for more stringent national and state regulations on coal ash, the top source of toxic water pollution in the country. “What concerns me most is that the Cape Fear River is projected ...


In Florence’s Wake, More South Carolina Dams Fail

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has confirmed that eleven dams have failed in the state this week in the wake of Hurricane Florence; bringing the total dam failures in the state to more than 80 in just three years. That number may continue to rise as people return to impacted areas ...


Waterkeepers Identify Multiple CAFO and Coal Ash Spills Following Hurricane Florence

Waterkeeper Alliance and Waterkeeper groups across North Carolina have identified multiple releases of pollution from industrial animal operations and coal-fired power plants as a result of flooding from Hurricane Florence. Staff from Waterkeeper Alliance, Sound Rivers, Haw Riverkeeper, and French Broad Riverkeeper discovered multiple releases of coal ash from inundated ponds at Duke Energy’s H.F. ...


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Mapping Hurricane Florence

With rivers still rising in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins created this story map to give the public a sense of environmental hazards that might be vulnerable to flooding. The map includes locations of river flood gauges, coal-fired power plants, coal ash sites, rivers, the watersheds of local Waterkeeper groups, and concentrated ...


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Cape Fear Riverkeeper Reports “ongoing failure” at Sutton

Cape Fear Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette, who is on site at Duke Energy’s Sutton Power Plant investigating breaches at the Sutton coal ash landfill, reports that there are at least two sections of the site with overflows. As of 9:45 a.m., both breaches were “very large,” according to Burdette, and a “waterfall’ actively pouring out. Mr. ...


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Waterkeeper Alliance responds to Sutton coal ash spill

Following Duke Energy’s disclosure of a coal ash release at its L.V. Sutton Power Station outside Wilmington, N.C. on Sept. 15, 2018, Donna Lisenby, global advocacy manager of Waterkeeper Alliance, released the following statement: “Duke Energy knows the toxic coal ash at 14 of its plants in North Carolina is a threat to our waters, ...


Cape Fear Riverkeeper Investigating Sutton Coal Ash Release

Cape Fear Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette is investigating a coal ash release of unknown size at Duke Energy’s Sutton Power Plant in Wilmington, NC. The release occurred when Hurricane Florence flood waters washed coal ash from a landfill near Lake Sutton. Although 2,000 cubic yards of material was displaced—enough to fill 150 dump trucks—Duke Energy officials ...


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Waterkeeper Alliance offering patrol opportunities in Florence impacted areas

Waterkeeper Alliance and Waterkeeper groups in the Carolinas are preparing to document the potentially devastating aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Waterkeepers will be monitoring conditions at coal ash pits, factory swine and poultry operations, and other pollution threats to the states’ waterways. Video and images will be available here. Hardest hit will likely be the Neuse, ...


2017: A Year of Devastating Floods

2017 will be remembered as a year of intense flooding. Many reading this will think of the horrific devastation Hurricane Harvey wreaked on the city of Houston, Texas, and surrounding areas. Harvey is taking lives, forever altering livelihoods, and destroying billions of dollars of property. A number of key factors contributed to this destruction: misguided ...


Bayou City Waterkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance Respond to Harvey Devastation

Bayou City Waterkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance are responding to Hurricane Harvey, working to assess the damage the record-breaking storm has brought to southeast Texas. Deploying the Waterkeeper Alliance’s Rapid Response Protocol, Bayou City Waterkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance staff are working to support local communities and are developing a long-term cleanup and water monitoring plan for ...