The State newspaper reported Tuesday that Duke officials told the state Public Service Commission they plan to remove coal ash from that closed basin at the Lee Steam Station near Williston. Company officials told commission members they plan to rebury the ash in a lined landfill. Lee’s coal-fired unit is scheduled to close next year. The utility plans to turn the site into a natural gas facility instead.
Duke had come under increased pressure from environmentalists and state regulators over its handling of the coal ash, which includes lead, arsenic, and some carcinogenic materials, along the Saluda River. Much of the material stored at another Duke coal plant in North Carolina spilled into a nearby river back in February.