ONLY ON 3: Sutton Plant coal ash could head to New Hanover Co. landfill

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Submitted: Wed, 04/23/2014 - 3:46am
Updated: Wed, 04/23/2014 - 5:33pm

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Toxic coal ash from the Sutton Plant may be moving closer to you than you think.

The solution to getting rid of coal ash at Duke Energy’s Sutton Plant may be a short trip down the road to the New Hanover County Landfill.

Coal ash at the Sutton Plant has to go, but where?

Rep. Rick Catlin (R-20th District) says the New Hanover County Landfill, only three miles away from the old coal-fired power plant, is a feasible option.

“It would be an environmental solution, but the question is capacity, cost, and the county commissioners will have to deal with that if it even moves forward to that point,” Catlin said.

He says the landfill is the best bet, because it has measures in place to keep spills from happening.

“The landfill would be double lined with leachate collection. It would be environmentally safe,” Catlin explained.

But NC Coastal Federation Coastal Advocate Mike Giles says even lined landfills can leak.

“Lined landfills have a life span, and municipal landfills are different than landfills for hazardous waste. Municipal landfills are designed for household municipal garbage,” Giles said. “Eventually lined landfills will leak.”

And with the landfill only six miles from the Cape Fear River, Giles says any leak could have dangerous consequences.

“It’s full of arsenic, mercury, radon, radioactive materials. It’s a very hazardous material. When it gets in our waters it pollutes our waters, it gets in the substrate, and the sediments in our rivers. And some of the materials are cancer causing,” Giles said.

Giles says one of their main concerns is the fact that if this becomes reality, millions of tons of coal ash waste would be dumped on a tax-payer landfill already struggling to make room for more trash.

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16 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Sutton Plant coal ash could head to New Hanover Co. landfill"

2015 years 8 months ago

From a guy who’s done nothing but over inflate filmings impact on this area.
Who has changed film employee numbers locally and statewide how many times?
Who calls politicians “killers” but in small print says jobs
Who lives here only by the grace of government hand outs?

Please Shaun……
You guys have got to get a better candidate to run against him. Jordan is a one trick pony who couldn’t think her way out of a paper bag.

Look I’m not happy with Caitlin and I don’t “play” party politics as I am registered unaffiliated – but Jordan is a buffoon. And YOU openly admit that you voted “your wallet” meaning you voted to line your own pockets.
You are a paid shill for the movie industry and you consistently hang yourself with your own words……


2015 years 8 months ago

You say Caitlin is lining his pocket? Yet you admit to voting your wallet when it comes to this race.
And you wonder why you get hung with your own words?


2015 years 8 months ago

It’s really sad people are not informed at all, rick catlin and everyone else on Mcronies agenda are terrible for NC!

Shaun ORourke
2015 years 8 months ago

Rick Catlin is bad for New Hanover County.

Catlin is only looking out to line his own pockets. Catlin likes to champion the fact that he took the whistleblower clause out of the fracking legislation. That part of the legislation that made it a felony to disclose the Frecon chemicals claiming it was a trade secret. The only people that would be allowed to see the chemical list would be first responders so that they knew what they were getting into if there was an explosion or a leak of toxic chemicals. Catlin likes to say he did it for the people.

What he was really doing was looking out for his own pockets. If his company where to get any public funding from either the state or the federal agencies a.k.a. the EPA he would then have to turn over the results of whatever the chemicals were that would be found in water that could possibly be contaminated. Catlin would be putting himself and his staff at risk of a felony after results from any impact studies were concluded backside they would have to be public record. He wasn’t doing the tax payers any favors he really wants money from impact studies from the taxpayers.

Catlin has received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Koch Industries aka the Koch Brothers One of the nations largest corporate polluters. It’s public record. What do you think that money is going to buy them in regards to fracking for natural gas?

Now Catlin wants to help out his buddies (McCrory and Decker) and Duke Energy to bury the coal ash as quick as he can putting everyone at risk.

The coastal area has a moratorium on deep well disposal of hazardous chemicals. If Catlin is reelected I can guarantee you that he is going to do what he can to get that moratorium lifted so that fracking chemicals brought up from Shall deposits near wake County will be disposed of in the coastal area putting us at risk.

He can run ads all day long holding onto little puppies but the bottom line is he’s going to help poison the water and has done nothing to help retain or create jobs in our area.

2015 years 8 months ago

You would think a professional engineer and the president of a firm called CATLIN Engineers and Scientists would ask one of those scientist about how best to dispose of coal ash. Rick Catlin says why he believes this is a good idea, but apparently without knowing much about municipal landfills. Perhaps his next campaign finance filing will shed some light on his preference to not represent the best interest of his constituents.

Mark Walton
2015 years 8 months ago

Negative comments don’t solve problems.

If you don’t like something, offer a better solution.

2015 years 8 months ago

get rid of Catlin there’s your solution!

2015 years 8 months ago

that the county commission is so adamant about shipping NH County waste to Sampson county landfill at huge tipping costs increases, yet in this case they are anxiously taking in hazardous waste from Sutton?
And Catlin makes us think that NH County landfill is somehow “better” because it’s lined and has leachate collection? Rick – hello – thats been an industry standard for years………


2015 years 8 months ago

I got the BEST idea(s) to deal with this problem AND make POWER from it… though, I digress….

don wrong
2015 years 8 months ago

Hasn’t New Hanover County had issues with the old Landfill at Flemington? Why would they deal with such toxic waste and try and tell everyone it is safe? Catlin isn’t looking out for our best interest, maybe his, but not ours.

2015 years 8 months ago

Who is the most likely to BENEFIT from having Duke’s coal ash dumped in the New Hanover Co. landfill? NOT the citizens of the Cape Fear region. Wouldn’t a representative of the area be AGAINST dumping arsenic so close to his constituents?

Very curious of Rep. Catlin’s motives.

2015 years 8 months ago

Its coal ash from generating YOUR power….

Shaun ORourke
2015 years 8 months ago

You keep saying it’s from generating YOUR power. I think we get what you’re saying but let’s be honest the cleanup should be the responsibility of Duke energy, it’s called the price of doing business.

Duke energy made $3.9 billion last year in profits. Duke can find a way to do this safe and the process has every right to be scrutinized by the taxpayers.

If it is dumped in the city or county landfill and it becomes completely that our responsibility if it leaks further with no repercussions for Duke then that is bad for the taxpayers.

2015 years 8 months ago

David says he is in business for himself now but never reveals what that business is. I really wonder what it is. Is it in politics? Anyway he must not be very successful since he drives an older Tahoe with over 300,000 miles on it or maybe he just copied another republican politician says he drives an older Ford truck with over 300,000 miles on it. Personally I think both are liars

2015 years 8 months ago


2015 years 8 months ago

New Hanover County is already trucking thousands of gallons of leachate out of it’s lined landfill. Important questions are; what happens with the bad stuff? Does it stay in the solids…or does it go with the leachate? The leachate is hauled off and treated but will the treatment take care of these new hazardous materials?

The last thing we need is a shell game where the hazardous materials are simply moved from one place to another with no real solution.

Another concern is ownership and this one scares me. If the hazardous materials are moved from Duke Energy’s private property into a publicly-owned landfill, does the ownership and liability transfer too? Do we want to own coal ash?

In my opinion we, the public, bear some of the responsibility for the cost of cleaning up these coal-ash ponds. I know that’s an unpopular opinion but for years we’ve enjoyed artificially low electric rates because power companies were piling up waste rather than taking the more expensive route and treating it. Now it’s time to pay the piper.