Saturday, July 31, 2021
DUKE ENERGY: 150 Tons Of Processed Coal Ash Spilled, Cleaned Up At H.F. Lee

DUKE ENERGY: 150 Tons Of Processed Coal Ash Spilled, Cleaned Up At H.F. Lee

A coal ash spill is quickly cleaned up, but community leaders are still concerned.

Duke Energy has confirmed to that approximately 150 tons of processed coal ash left a storage dome at the former H.F. Lee Plant in Goldsboro on March 23rd.

A seal on a door reportedly came loose allowing the processed material to escape.

Duke Energy calls it a “minor incident” and says all of the material remained on the plant’s property while it was cleaned up.

Bobby Jones with the Down East Coal Ash Coalition and Goldsboro Resiliency Hub says he wants Duke Energy to provide better updates for the community in the event of such incidents.

Jones brought the coal ash spill to the attention of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners this week, though, at the time, few details of the incident were known.

He says the public needs to have the necessary information so everyone can decide how to protect themselves.

Duke Energy says it has since informed the county leaders of the incident.

As a courtesy, Duke Energy says it notified the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality.

Duke Energy also the site was shut down during the cleanup, and the public and environment remained protected during the incident.

Duke Energy reopened the former coal-fired H.F. Lee Plant in October of 2020 to recycle the 6 million tons of coal ash remaining the facility.

The facility processes the coal ash to remove the carbon, turning it into a product that can be used in construction materials.


The H.F. Lee Ash Recycling Facility
  • You don’t know me

    You know it’s processed material meaning it’s harmless people are so dumb and bobby Jones is up there trying to start something for attention grow up

  • Hideawayfarm

    Do you really think you can trust Dirty Duke? Dont be surprised when “little spills” happen all the time.
    When McCrory was in office, he cut the DEQ dept and spend back by 40%. They have never been been able to make up for that de-boneing of a dept. That is how they got the nick name #DEQ=DontExpectQuality

  • You don’t know me

    Real genius that plant ain’t even owned by duke why don’t you get facts before yall start bashing somebody