NC DEQ Draft – Special Order by Consent to Duke Energy for 3 sites with NPDES Permits

Posted on January 9, 2018


NC DEQ Draft Special Order by Consent NPDES

The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission issued a Special Order by Consent (SOC) EMCC SOC WQ S17-009 in the matter of North Carolina NPDES permits NC0004979, NC0004987, & NC0005088 held by Duke Energy Carolina, LLC. In relation to the Seeps from Duke Energy coal ash basins at Allen, Marshall and the Rogers Facilities. This is to speed up compliance with Duke Energy’s coal ash cleanup. By law, Duke Energy must close all coal ash basins in North Carolina by 2029.

The NC DEQ Website reads:


Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – 12:00a.m. to Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – 11:59p.m

Public notice of consideration to issue a State Consent Order to the following:
Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (526 S. Church Street; Charlotte, NC 28202) has requested Special Order by Consent WQ S17-009 for its Allen Steam Station, Marshall Steam Station and Rogers Energy Complex (Cliffside Steam Station) to address issues related to non-engineered seeps that emanate from the coal ash basins at those locations and potentially flow to adjacent surface waters.

Compliance with this Order requires Duke Energy to accelerate completion of activities associated with decanting coal ash wastewater from the ash basins at the facilities noted above as a means of eliminating seeps that originate in those basins. During the time the Order is effective, interim action levels will be established in small bodies of water receiving flow from seeps. Seeps not eliminated as a result of decanting shall be addressed through further corrective action and remediation measures. As drafted, this Order will expire no later than June 30, 2022.

Click link to read the full Special Order by Consent (SOC) EMCC SOC WQ S17-009

NC EMC Special Order by Constent Duke Energy NPDES Permits DRAFT SOC #S17-009