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What municipal water intakes are below where Duke Power spilled coal ash into the Cape Fear River?

Ken Little
StarNews
This aerial photo taken at Duke Energy’s Cape Fear Plant on March 10, 2014, by the environmental group WaterKeeper Alliance shows a large crack in the earthen dam holding back millions of tons of toxic coal ash and contaminated waste water. The crack has since been repaired. AP Photo/WaterKeeper Alliance, Rick Dove

This aerial photo taken at Duke Energy’s Cape Fear Plant on March 10, 2014, by the environmental group WaterKeeper Alliance shows a large crack in the earthen dam holding back millions of tons of toxic coal ash and contaminated waste water. The crack has since been repaired. AP Photo/WaterKeeper Alliance, Rick Dove

Q. Duke Power was cited for pumping coal ash waste into the Cape Fear River. What municipal water intakes are below where this occurred?

A. In March, Duke Energy temporarily pumped two coal ash ponds on a tributary of the Cape Fear River, putting 61 million gallons of wastewater into the river.

The utility was cited for the action by the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

“All were made aware of the discharge from the Cape Fear plant and none have reported experiencing any problems,” Duke Energy spokeswoman Sarah Young said.

Here is a list of water suppliers operating downstream from Chatham County, as provided by Duke Energy.

1. City of Sanford.

2. Harnett County Public Utilities.

3. City of Dunn

4. Fayetteville Public Works Commission

5. Bladen Bluff Water System

6. Pender County Utilities

7. Brunswick County Public Utilities-Northwest Water Treatment Plant

8. Cape Fear Public Utilities-Wilmington Sweeney Water Treatment Plant

9. International Paper’s domestic Water Treatment Plant

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