Duke opts for ‘on-site’ landfills near Eden, Wilmington

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Coal ash spills into the Dan River. (File photo)

EDEN, N.C. — Duke Energy plans to build a coal ash landfill on property it already owns at the Dan River Steam Station — not on newly acquired land nearby that abuts a lower-income, predominantly black neighborhood in Eden.

Duke officials announced Wednesday morning they want to build “on site” landfills at both the retired plant near Eden and on the grounds of another shuttered steam station, the Sutton Plant in Wilmington.

Rumors have been flying in Eden recently that Duke intended to build the new landfill on another large lot near its plant but also in the vicinity of a largely African-American neighborhood.

Read more: Greensboro News & Record