Consent order pertains to steam station

RALEIGH – State officials have filed a revised consent order to address environmental compliance at Duke Energy’s Riverbend Steam Station in Gaston County and Asheville Steam Electric Generating Plant.

Earlier this year, the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources filed lawsuits to require the utility to address wastewater discharge permit compliance issues at the power plants.

The state proposed a consent order in July that recommended the utility address the environmental compliance issues and pay fines. The state also gave the public 30 days to comment on the proposed consent order. The comment period ended Aug. 14.

The revised consent order includes the following changes to address public concerns: tightening timelines associated with various documents to be submitted by Duke Energy and expanding parameters to be monitored at unpermitted discharges, or seeps.

Details: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wq/hot-topics/asheville_riverbend_steamstadocs.

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