Monday, May 24, 2010

Last week to comment on coal ash discharge permits

Posted By on Mon, May 24, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Never forget: The water that flows through the Catawba ours, not some company's. The Catawba River is the source of our drinking water. It also powers our community's businesses. We have every right to speak up when its health is in danger. Here's your chance ...

From David Merryman, our Catawba Riverkeeper:

Please help ensure public safety & environmental health with your comments and requests for a local public hearing in your community by 5pm, May 28!

Now's your chance to have your say in what's discharged into our Catawba River from four coal ash ponds. Deadline is May 28 at 5pm! Tell your friends and have them make comments.

Our Catawba River - our drinking water supply - deserves absolute assurances that the four coal ash ponds along its banks will be cleaned-out, lined, monitored and closed for usage as soon as possible. Also, the discharges from these ponds should not be permitted to discharge a "laundry list" of heavy metals above state water quality standards any longer. This comment period will end on May 28. The Catawba is no place for the discharge and dangers of coal ash wastes.

It's Our River, Not An Ash Tray!

Four Simple Steps to Commenting & Requesting a Public Hearing for Discharge Permits

Step One- View the draft discharge permits below.

Lake Norman- Marshall Steam Station, NC0004987, draft permit.

Mtn. Island- Riverbend Steam Station, NC0004961, draft permit.

Lake Wylie- Allen Steam Station, NC0004979, draft permit.

Step Two- Write a comment letter which includes: (1) your name and address, (2) permit number in subject line, (3) your concern for the protection of the Catawba River, (4) comment points from the providing sheets below, (5) request for a public hearing in your local community. At least, request a public hearing regarding the coal ash pond in your local community. See an example beginning of a comment letter by clicking here.

Talking Points for Marshall Steam Station, NC0004987.

Talking Points for Riverbend Steam Station, NC0004961.

Talking Points for Allen Steam Station, NC0004979.

Step Three- Address an envelope to Surface Water Protection Section, Point Source Branch, 1617 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 26799-1617. Or select the email address for the correct Steam Station.

Email for Marshall Steam Station,

Email for Riverbend Steam Station,

Email for Allen Steam Station,

Step Four- Mail or email your comments and requests for public hearings. Please copy David Merryman, Catawba Riverkeeper on all email comments.

These permits can have a profound impact within our Catawba River basin. Our River needs your help- Please provide comments and make requests for public hearings in your area!! You and your River deserve more than one public hearing regarding these discharge permits.

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