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Clean Water Secured for Coal Ash Neighbors

RALEIGH – Permanent replacement water supplies have been provided to all eligible households near Duke Energy coal ash facilities in the state, including the Cape Fear facility, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, or DEQ, announced Friday.

DEQ required Duke Energy to provide by the Oct. 15 deadline to eligible households at more than a dozen coal ash locations with a connection to a public water supply or a new water filtration system, set forth in the Coal Ash Management Act.

Duke provided replacement water supplies to all eligible households near its Allen, Asheville, Belews Creek, Buck, Cape Fear, Cliffside/Rogers, Dan River, H.F. Lee, Marshall, Mayo, Riverbend, Roxboro, Sutton and Weatherspoon facilities.

“For the families who have been living on bottled water, this solution is critical and necessary. Every family deserves to have confidence in their drinking water and we must continue to protect this vital resource,” said Gov. Roy Cooper in a statement.

The installation of replacement water supplies provided a permanent solution for residents near coal ash sites who relied on bottled water for drinking, cooking and bathing for more than two years.

“Everyone deserves to have safe, clean drinking water,” DEQ Secretary Michael Regan said in a statement. “DEQ will continue its work to erase the impacts of coal ash across North Carolina.”

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