Once again, the riverkeepers, not DENR, inform the public.
The French Broad Riverkeeper detected high levels of arsenic in a water sample of wastewater leaking from the Cliffside Steam Station operated by Duke Energy on the Broad River.
Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson tested the water in a variety of locations along the Cliffside property at the Broad River on March 10. This week he reported arsenic at “25 times” the EPA drinking water standard in one seep just downstream from the spillway and near a retired coal ash pond which has dried out.
Trickle or gush?
A Duke spokeswoman said the volume of the seeps is small and does not affect the overall water quality of the Broad River.
Carson said, “I think ‘seeps’ is a little misleading – it makes it appear like it’s just a trickle. I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re seeing several hundred-thousand gallons a day of this pollution entering the Broad River.”