South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and Duke Energy South Carolina President Catherine Heigel were on Lake Wylie today to announce an agreement over details of the company’s water certification. Duke has applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a 50-year extension of its permit for two nuclear energy facilities that use water from the Catawba River. Duke had to submit a plan to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control(DHEC). McMaster got involved in the process over his concerns over the water quality and quantity downstream from the facilities, asking DHEC to turn down the Duke application.
McMaster says Duke has settled all of his concerns, and will agree to a continuous flow of water over the Lake Wylie damn. He says Duke also agreed to oxygenate the water, which will improve water quality downstream.
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McMaster Duke speech
Now that DHEC has an agreement with Duke, McMaster says his his involvement in the process is complete. He says he will continue his focus on the U.S Supreme Court case against the state of North Carolina involving water in the Catawba River that passes from that state to South Carolina.
Duke Energy President Catherine Heigel said this is a great example of government and industry working together for the great public good.
“This resolution is due to the efforts of Attorney General Henry McMaster working with industry,” said Senator Wes Hayes, in a statement read by McMaster. “Duke agreeing to increased oxygenation and a continuous flow will be beneficial to generations of South Carolinians. This agreement will have a positive impact on jobs and recreation in the Catawba River Basin for years to come.”