Coal ash testing near Belews Creek inconclusive

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ROB BROWN/News & Record

WALNUT COVE — Good luck relying on recent state-supervised testing to figure out whether Duke Energy’s massive coal ash storage pond near here is polluting the neighbors’ drinking water.

Officials tested only six wells on four properties near the 342-acre storage pond for the Belews Creek Steam Station, a pond that holds 12.6 million tons of the spent fuel.

And after months of waiting, test results have come in for the six wells at Belews Creek and 157 others at active or retired plants with coal-ash ponds across North Carolina, from Wilmington to Asheville.

But what the results mean is anybody’s guess.

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