Hold Duke accountable for its coal ash

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Dear Friends,

Don’t let Duke off the hook!

Tell your legislative leaders to protect our water and make sure Duke cleans up its coal ash

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Photo credit: Sam Perkins,
Catawba Riverkeeper

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In February 2014, a stormwater pipe ruptured underneath a coal ash pond in Eden, North Carolina, spilling up to 40,000 tons of toxic coal ash and 27 million gallons of wastewater into the Dan River.

Since then, lawmakers and lobbyists have been busy in the Legislature. They have come up with a few proposed bills, but without a show of support from the public, their “solutions” could not actually do enough to clean up, or even make things worse.

You know Duke’s lobbyists will be there doing everything they can to let them off the hook for this problem they created. But our legislators are still ultimately accountable to us. We need to raise our voices to demand a strong bill that actually solves our coal ash problems.

Tell the leaders of the state House and Senate to hold Duke Energy accountable and require them to remove their toxic coal ash from unlined pits next to our waterways.

Duke Energy owns 33 toxic coal ash pits across North Carolina where harmful chemicals like arsenic, lead, and selenium are known to be leaking into the groundwater threatening the health of our communities. Duke Energy has known about the problems with their coal ash ponds for years but done nothing to significantly clean them up.

We can find a solution to our coal ash crisis, but not without your help. The only way we are going to get the toxic coal ash moved out of unlined pits beside our state’s waterways is if you speak up and demand that Duke clean up its mess!

Let legislative leaders know that you want action now!

Thanks for everything you do to protect the environment,

Kelly Martin
Beyond Coal Campaign
Sierra Club

P.S. You can deliver you message in person at our Lobby Day being held this Wednesday, June 4. Find out more details and RSVP here.

P.P.S. After you RSVP, be sure to forward this invitation to your friends and colleagues and share it on social media!

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