Coal Ash on Lake Wylie has been solved! This issue effects more than just Lake Wylie and spans the entire Catawba River chain. However, we are very sensitive to the matter with the Allen Stem plant being right on Lake Wylie.
From the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation news release:
Historic coal ash cleanup settlement announced.
The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation agreed to a settlement with Duke Energy that means Duke will clean up and excavate the remaining six coal ash sites in North Carolina, including two in the Catawba Basin: the Marshall site on Lake Norman and the Allen site on Lake Wylie (a short distance downstream from the Paw Creek Sand Bar).
The Duke Energy 14-site coal-ash cleanup is the largest environmental cleanup in United States history. When the work is complete, crews will excavate over 100 million tons of coal ash and contaminated soil – enough to fill more than 30,000 Olympic sized (50m) swimming pools.
For nearly 8 years, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation – a small nonprofit organization based in Charlotte – led the charge in state and federal court to fight huge companies like Duke Energy and ensure those responsible clean up the unlined coal ash pits along the Catawba River and three of her major lakes – Mountain Island Lake, Lake Norman, and Lake Wylie.
Here is a timeline of our fight to protect the Catawba River from coal ash.