CFPUA releases statement surrounding energy plant dam breach


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)  – Officials with the CFPUA are clearing up the concern after a dam was breached at the Duke Energy Sutton Plan late last week.

Concerns were raised that the coal ash dump at the plant was now washing into the Cape Fear River.

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The NCDEQ is aware of the breach and the flooding and shared this statement with WWAY Friday.

“While the state is currently in emergency response mode, a thorough investigation of events will soon follow to ensure that Duke Energy is held responsible for any environmental impacts by their coal ash facilities.”

CFPUA officials tell us there is no contamination in the drinking water for the thousands of utility customers.

“Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) wants to make clear to its customers and keep stakeholders across the Cape Fear region that the quality of CFPUA’s drinking water has not been, and will not be, impacted by the Duke Energy coal ash spill at the Sutton plant.”

The raw water intakes for CFPUA’s drinking water system are located more than 20 miles upstream from the Duke Energy coal ash spill, above Lock and Dam #1. The spill cannot reach the intakes according to CFPUA officials.

CFPUA’s Sweeney and Richardson water treatment plants have produced safe, clean drinking water throughout Hurricane Florence and her aftermath CFPUA officials went on to say.