Frequently Asked Questions
Was the plant retired because of the oil spill in August 2014?
Can anything be done from a community standpoint to stop this from happening?
Why is it not economically feasible to install environmental controls like scrubbers, etc. at the plant?
What will happen to Beckjord’s employees?
Will Duke Energy help the area from an economic development perspective?
What is the future plan for the property?
Can the property ever be sold for future development?
How long would cleanup and closure take at the site?
Will a new replacement plant be built at the site?
What will happen to the ash ponds at the site?
We plan to close the ash basins once they are no longer needed, in close coordination with state and federal regulators. We will submit closure plans to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as required regarding the ash basin closures.
The ash basins provide an important storm water management function for the site and will need to continue operating for a limited time after the plant retires. We are evaluating multiple closure options to ensure we select methods that provide long-term water quality protection, while balancing the many interests of our customers. Duke Energy will continue monitoring groundwater and actively managing the site for many years after decommissioning.