MEDIA ADVISORY: Public hearing set for Asheville Plant’s wastewater permit, special consent

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The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality will host a public hearing at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 to obtain community feedback on a draft wastewater permit and draft special order by consent for Duke Energy’s Asheville Steam Electric Plant. The draft wastewater permit is a modification to the plant’s existing permit, while the special order by consent was requested by the company to address issues related to coal ash basin seeps at the facility.

The public hearing is being held as part of a public comment period that began July 22. In addition to providing feedback at the hearing, public comments may be submitted by mail to: DWR-Wastewater Permitting, Attn: Asheville Plant, 1617 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C., 27699-1617. Public comments may also be submitted by email to: [email protected]. Please be sure to include “Asheville Plant” in the email’s subject line. All comments received by Aug. 23, 2018 will be considered in the final determinations regarding the draft permit and draft special order by consent.

The draft permit and related documents are available online at: https://goo.gl/3WtzMF. The draft order is available online at: https://bit.ly/2LkIF4K. Printed copies of the documents may be reviewed at the department’s Asheville Regional Office. To make an appointment to review the documents, please call 828-296-4500. 

WHO: N.C. Department of Environmental Quality

WHAT: Public hearing on wastewater permit and special order by consent for Asheville Steam Electric Plant

WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22; speaker registration starts at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road, Asheville