Sutton Plant

Local - June 24
5:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Duke Energy Discloses Possible Plans to Purge Wilmington's Sutton Plant of Coal Ash

Duke Energy spokesperson Jeff Brooks stands before a dried ash basin on the grounds of the Sutton Plant in Wilmington.

Wilmington’s Sutton Plant is one of five statewide Duke Energy coal operations being decommissioned—and the closing of this one is of high priority to lawmakers. In November, Duke Energy retired Sutton’s coal operations. Although it’s now a natural gas plant, more than two million tons of dried coal ash—the waste generated after coal is burned—remains on the site. And the legislation that will determine exactly how much time Duke has to dispose of it all is pending in the General Assembly’s current session. WHQR has this look at the Sutton Plant’s retired coal operation.

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Local - October 10
3:43 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Groundwater Will Keep Flowing, Even After Close of Sutton Plant's Coal-Fired Operation

The Sutton Power Plant
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Duke Energy Progress will be closing its coal-fired power operation serving New Hanover County this December. Pollutants are slowly leaching from the coal-ash basins surrounding the Sutton plant toward groundwater wells that supply drinking water for the nearby Flemington community. However,  decommissioning the plant’s ash basins will not guarantee safety for nearby groundwater supplies—not for a long time, that is.

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Local
4:35 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Proposed Deal between Duke Energy and CFPUA Raises Concerns Among Environmental Advocates

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Duke / Progress Energy and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority could vote as early as Wednesday morning on a deal that would install a water line for a largely low-income community on the outskirts of New Hanover County. 

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Local
3:29 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

SELC Considering Next Move with Duke in Light of State Lawsuit; Sutton Lake Still a Concern

Site of the Duke / Progress Energy Sutton Plant outside of Wilmington
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Now that the State of North Carolina is suing Duke / Progress Energy for illegal pollution at all of its coal plants in the state, citizens’ groups are taking stock. 

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Local
10:28 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Duke Energy has no plans to adjust compliance boundaries of coal ash ponds at Sutton

Site of the Duke / Progress Energy Sutton Plant outside of Wilmington
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Listen to the story here.

Duke Energy says it has no plans to try to expand the compliance boundary on its coal ash ponds at the Sutton Plant near Wilmington. 

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