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Duke Energy Says Cape Fear River Flooding Damages Sutton Lake, Causes Shutdown Of Natural Gas Plant


Friday, 21 Sep 2018 

Sept 21 (Reuters) - Duke Energy Corp ::DUKE ENERGY SAYS CAPE FEAR RIVER FLOODING DAMAGES SUTTON LAKE, CAUSES SAFE SHUTDOWN OF NATURAL GAS PLANT.DUKE ENERGY SAYS BELIEVES THAT COAL ASH IN 1971 ASH BASIN REMAINS IN PLACE BEHIND A STEEL WALL SEPARATING EXCAVATION AREA FROM COOLING LAKE.DUKE ENERGY - CAPE FEAR RIVER FLOODING CAUSED BREACHES IN THE COOLING LAKE SURROUNDING THE COOLING LAKE & CAUSED CO TO SHUT DOWN 625-MW NATURAL GAS PLANT THERE.DUKE ENERGY SAYS THERE IS NO VISIBLE COAL ASH IN COOLING LAKE, AND PRIOR TO FLOODING ASH LEVEL WAS AT LEAST FIVE FEET BELOW TOP OF STEEL WALL.DUKE ENERGY SAYS CENOSPHERES ARE MOVING FROM 1971 ASH BASIN TO THE COOLING LAKE AND INTO THE CAPE FEAR RIVER.DUKE ENERGY SAYS WATER IS NOW EXITING COOLING LAKE THROUGH BREACHES - ONE LARGE AND SEVERAL SMALLER - ON SOUTHERN END OF IMPOUNDMENT.DUKE ENERGY CORP - RISING RIVER CONTINUES TO OVERTOP NORTH END OF COOLING LAKE DAM.DUKE ENERGY SAYS "THERE IS LITTLE TO NO CHANCE THAT COOLING LAKE WATER WILL CONTRIBUTE TO A MEASURABLE CHANGE TO WATER LEVELS IN THE AREA".DUKE ENERGY CORP - STEEL WALL IS SUBMERGED BY FLOOD WATER, BUT EARTHEN PORTION OF BASIN DAM IS ABOUT TWO FEET ABOVE WATER AND STABLE.DUKE ENERGY - LINED LANDFILL, WHERE MOST OF SITE’S ASH IS DISPOSED, NOT BEEN AFFECTED BY COOLING LAKE.