Duke Energy plant’s cooling pond spills into Neuse River, company says

File photo of the H.F. Lee plant in Goldsboro

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – A 50 to 60 foot break was reported Wednesday in a basin wall around a cooling pond at a Duke Energy plant in Goldsboro.

The break in the earthen-basin wall is located in the southeast corner of the 545-acre pond. That pond contains approximately 1.2 billion gallons of water that is spilling into the Neuse River.

Duke Energy said the spill is expected to contribute less than an inch of water to the river and that amount is expected to decrease.

Duke Energy said the active ash basin is not affected by the incident.

Water from the Neuse River is still entering the cooling pond, the Utility confirmed.

There should be minimal impact due to the flooded nature of the Neuse.

The pond is man-made and used to give cooling water to the power plant.

The area saw 15 inches of rain during Hurricane Matthew.

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