Duke Energy Gives Water to Residents Near Coal Ash Ponds

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CHARLOTTE, NC — Duke Energy is handing out water to residents who live near its coal-fired power plants–residents whose wells are poisoned with toxic heavy metals.

Duke says it is just being a good neighbor, not admitting its coal ash ponds may be to blame.  Residents near Buck Steam Station is Salisbury and Allen Steam Station in Belmont are still coming to grips with the news.

“We’ve been drinking poisoned water for years,” said Belmont resident Sandra Avery.  “We’ve been here 43 years.  And how could we drink it?  You know, I knew my health wasn’t all that freat, and neither is my husband’s.”

The North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources says that heavy metals have contaminated 87 private wells near eight Duke plants across the state.  Those residents have been told not to drink or cook with that well water.