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UPDATED: Could Duke Energy be planning to spray coal ash waste?

August 14, 2017: A coal ash dump in Chatham County run by Duke Energy contractor Charah now has a 90-day permit to collect the liquid it leaks and spray it into the air, but Courtney Wood at UNC-Chapel Hill's school of public health says the process "negates any basic chemistry from high school."

So yes, a Duke Energy contractor plans to use this process for coal ash.

Charah CEO Charles Price contributed at least $22,000 in 2016 and 2017 to NC Republicans, including Berger and Moore. Additionally, Charah has a history of violating permits. The company was previously cited at least twice by NC for starting construction at sites without required permits, but received no fine under Gov. McCrory’s DEQ.

June 1, 2017: The fluid that collects beneath landfills, referred to as leachate, could soon be sprayed into the air, thanks to House Bill 576 sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Dixon.

The aerosolization of leachate, or “garbage juice in a snow blower”, is an unproven and untested technology.

 

Via NC Policy Watch.

Since the bill’s introduction, an amendment has been added to bar landfills accepting coal ash from using this “technology”, which brings up an obvious question: Why wasn’t this ban in the bill in the first place?

Is it possible that it wasn’t in the original bill because Duke Energy is interested in using the technology at landfills as they excavate their coal ash ponds?

Maybe.

Duke Energy did just receive a permit allowing the construction of a landfill with a system for collecting leachate.It’s also no secret that the aerosolization of leachate is favored by the waste industry because it is cheaper than other means of removing wastewater.

 We’ll be keeping our eye on any changes to the bill over here at Real Facts NC.