The Truth About Toxicity
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has evaluated coal ash extensively and has repeatedly determined that it is not a hazardous waste. The results of another EPA evaluation are due December 2014. Even if you come into contact with ash, studies show you have to ingest large amounts to potentially experience adverse effects.
We routinely monitor water quality and fisheries' health near our ash ponds to ensure the environment is protected. This Q&A document outlines the differences between groundwater, stormwater, surface water and drinking water, and it describes how each is monitored.
Duke Energy's dam safety program includes regular dam inspections by company engineers and external experts, operations and maintenance procedures that meet state and federal regulations and ensuring personnel are trained to respond in the unlikely event of an emergency.