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NC issues notices to Duke Energy about leaks at coal ash ponds

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Officials with the state of North Carolina ordered Duke Energy Thursday to fix issues discovered in piping systems at six coal ash dumps in North Carolina.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources said video provided to the state by Duke Energy showed leaks and other problems with piping systems in ash ponds in the central and eastern parts of the state. Officials with the state ordered the video of piping systems after the Feb. 2 coal ash spill at the Dan River facility in Eden.

A total of four notices of deficiency were issued by the North Carolina Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources to Duke Energy concerning issues at power plants in Chatham County, Roxboro and the Dan River plant in Rockingham County.

The notices require Duke Energy to provide a timeline for repairs within 30 days.

Duke Energy also received letters concerning smaller leaks at its coal ash impoundment dams in Wayne, Person, Chatham and Stokes counties, DENR said.

Tracy Davis with the North Carolina Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources said none of the leaks or concerns pose an imminent threat to the dams.

Duke Energy could be fined if repair schedules or assessments are not given to the state in 30 days.

Copies of the notices and some video used in the inspections can be found here.

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