Environmental Compliance Plans

On May 14, 2015, three Duke Energy companies pled guilty in federal district court for the Eastern District of North Carolina to nine misdemeanor violations of the Clean Water Act. The violations were related to the management of coal ash impoundments located in North Carolina. The three companies – Duke Energy Business Services, Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress – were sentenced to five years of probation, with a variety of environmental compliance obligations overseen by a court-appointed monitor (CAM). Details regarding the background and issues that the compliance plans are designed to address may be found in the Joint Factual Statement.

This website serves as a public repository on Duke Energy's efforts to comply with the terms of probation and for reports from the CAM on his oversight of those efforts. 

The Plans

As a condition of probation, the three companies are required to implement two plans for ensuring future compliance with laws and regulations at coal ash impoundments nationwide. One plan – the Nationwide Environmental Compliance Plan (NECP) – includes all of Duke Energy's coal ash basins, both inside and outside of North Carolina. The other – the Statewide Environmental Compliance Plan (ECP-NC) – contains additional obligations specific to North Carolina. 

Compliance Reports

As part of the NECP and ECP-NC, the three companies make semi-annual reports to the CAM on their progress in implementing the plans. The companies also make semi-annual reports on their progress in excavating and closing ash basins at four priority sites: Asheville Plant, Dan River Steam Station, Riverbend Steam Station and Sutton Plant. The CAM also makes an annual report to the federal district court for the Eastern District of North Carolina on Duke Energy's progress.

Reports are posted here as they are generated.
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NECP/ECP-NC Compliance Officers' Report Progress Report 01/31/2018
Semi-Annual Report on Closure and Excavation Excavation Report 01/31/2018
Court Appointed Monitor Third Annual Report Progress Report 05/18/2018
NECP/ECP-NC Compliance Officers' Report  Progress Report 07/31/2018
Semi-Annual Report on Closure and Excavation  Excavation Report  07/31/2018


Environmental Audit Reports 

The CAM has established a schedule for conducting annual environmental audits at each of Duke Energy's coal ash basins. Final audit reports are posted here as they are generated. Information will be posted when available.

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2018 Final Audit Reports


Allen Steam Station

Final Audit Report
(07/06/2018)

Actions to Resolve Audit Findings
(07/20/2018)

Asheville Plant

Final Audit Report
(05/11/2018)

Actions to Resolve Audit Findings
(05/23/2018)

Belews Creek Steam Station

Final Audit Report
(06/06/2018)

Actions to Resolve Audit Findings
(06/20/2018)

Dan River Steam Station

Final Audit Report
(06/06/2018)

Actions to Resolve Audit Findings
(06/20/2018)

Riverbend Steam Station

Final Audit Report
(07/06/2018)

Actions to Resolve Audit Findings
(07/20/2018)

Robinson Plant

Final Audit Report
(03/26/2017)

Actions to Resolve Audit Findings
(04/09/2017)

Rogers Energy Complex

Final Audit Report
(05/11/2018)

Actions to Resolve Audit Findings
(05/23/2018)

Sutton Plant

Final Audit Report
(05/01/2018)

Actions to Resolve Audit Findings
(05/14/2018)

Weatherspoon Plant

 Final Audit Report
(05/01/2018)

Actions to Resolve Audit Findings
(05/14/2018)

W.S. Lee Plant

Final Audit Report
(03/26/2017)

Actions to Resolve Audit Findings
(04/09/2017)



Bromide Claims Process

As required by the conditions of probation, the CAM has established a claims process by which eligible local governments may submit evidence of certain bromide impacts on their water treatment systems and claims for restitution stemming from these impacts. Local governments are eligible to submit claims if they: 1) are downstream of a Duke Energy facility equipped with a flue gas desulfurization (FGD) scrubber and 2) experience substantial increases in trihalomethanes at their water treatment facilities related to bromide discharges from the upstream Duke Energy facility.

This section contains documents with more information about the claims process. In addition, data collected by Duke Energy regarding bromide concentrations in surface waters will be posted here periodically.

Information will be posted when available.
We recommend downloading files to your computer or mobile device instead of opening online.

Notice Regarding Bromide Restitution and Remediation Process (“BRRP”)  Claims Process
Duke Energy CAM Bromide Restitution and Remediation Claims Process (BRRP)
 Claims Process
Scrubber Installation Dates
 Claims Data
Example Support Materials for Claims   Claims Process

 
We’re serious about protecting the environment

The safe operation of our system and the well-being of our employees, customers and communities are our highest priorities. And assuring compliance with our nation's environmental laws is one of Duke Energy's primary commitments.

As a member of the public, you can use the Environmental Concerns Line to voice your concerns about possible environmental violations by Duke Energy or at a Duke Energy facility. You can report a suspected violation of environmental laws or regulations 24 hours a day, seven days a week using any of these confidential and secure options:

The phone and online options allow anonymous reporting. Each report will be promptly investigated and the results will be documented and reported to a federal court-appointed monitor. Additionally, if the investigation shows that Duke Energy has not complied with an applicable law or regulation, the company will report the noncompliance to regulatory authorities, as required by law.