There's a bigger mess in South Carolina than previously reported:
About 4 million tons of ash are in the 55-acre coal waste pond in Darlington County, according to data recently published on Duke Energy’s website. Last year, the power company reported only 660,000 tons in the ash basin near Lake Robinson, a popular recreation spot outside of Hartsville and about an hour’s drive east of Columbia.
Statistics showing more ash in the pond follow revelations in March that nuclear waste had been dumped in the ash pond and that poisonous arsenic has been found at levels substantially higher in groundwater than previously known by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Although Duke Energy is now responsible, the dirty deeds were done (dirt cheap) by Progress Energy. And they were so dirty the groundwater running under the coal ash/nuclear waste cocktail has Arsenic at levels 1,000 times greater than the safe limit. But staying in character, Duke Energy is not overly worried about it: