RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A coalition of citizen groups held a news conference Tuesday calling on Duke Energy and North Carolina leaders to do more to protect communities from coal ash.
The group calls themselves the Alliance of Carolinas Together Against Coal Ash and it is made up of residents who live hear coal ash ponds or a proposed fill site.
The coalition concerned more than 300 families living near coal ash ponds have been told it is unsafe to drink or cook anything with their water.
“We’re on bottled water, but we’re still having to bathe in contaminated water, still washing dishing and clothes in it, so it’s a big impact,” said Gaston County resident Larry Mathis.
Duke Energy says its first priority is protecting groundwater and the environment around its sites.
The company says recent groundwater assessments generally indicate groundwater is flowing away from wells and is not impacting drinking water.