Confusion over coal ash in Kerr Lake | News
News
INDY Week's news blog

Archives | RSS

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Confusion over coal ash in Kerr Lake

Posted by on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Last week Tom Reeder, the director of DENR’s Division of Water Resources, emphatically told lawmakers that no coal ash deposits have been found to date in Kerr Lake.

“There’s been a lot of anecdotal reporting about ash in Kerr Lake,” Reeder said at an Environmental Review Commission meeting.

He added that the EPA sampled 20 different sites at Kerr Lake and analysis of the sampling did not show the presence of coal ash.

But some of that “anecdotal reporting” Reeder spoke about came from Reeder himself.

On April 17, Reeder said in a T.V. interview with Time Warner Cable News that DENR had found trace amounts of coal ash in Kerr Lake.

The network reported that following the interview, a DENR public information officer sent an email contradicting Reeder’s statements in the interview.

The following Tuesday, Reeder himself backtracked before the Environmental Review Commission.

“People have seen grey material in Kerr Lake, people have seen grey water entering Kerr Lake, things like that,” Reeder told lawmakers. “Everything that has been tested to date that has been taken from Kerr Lake has turned up negative for coal ash.”

Bridget Whelan, the communications director for the North Carolina Conservation Network, said the issue remains a point of confusion.

“DENR either misspoke when they said coal ash was confirmed there or they are deliberating,” Whelan said. “The community up there around Kerr Lake is confused and concerned.”

The lake shares a border with Virginia and that state’s Department of Environmental Quality's response is similarly confusing. 

“In the days following coal ash spill, coal ash was observed in the lake’s waters,” said Bill Hayden, a public affairs officer with the Department. “It was only observed and not measured. Testing has been done in the past week or so and there has been nothing to show that there is coal ash in the water.”
Pin It

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in News



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

Based on experience with public events across North Carolina, the crowd estimate for the Raleigh, NC #WomensMarch is a minimum …

by Robert B Butler on Women's March on Raleigh Draws 17,000 Supporters (News)

Show off your hatred of the patriarchy with this anti-Trump inspired, feminist, pro- woman's rights, feminist symbol shirt! Join the …

by Carmen Wilson on Women's March on Raleigh Draws 17,000 Supporters (News)

Hello.
My name is JIMMY LOOF ,i have been living with my wife for some years now,she has been keeping …

by JIMMY looof on UNC Students Walk Out in Inauguration Protest (News)

Will be interested to see what symbol for solidarity with John Lewis looks like ...maybe we at home could wear …

by Dolly Butler on Price Going to Inaguration, But Will Wear 'Symbol' on Lapel (News)

Re: "... women in the state already make less on average than their male counterparts...."

Most women's advocates seem …

by MaleMatters on Pennies on the Dollar: A Tour of the North Carolina’s Gender-Wage Gap (News)

Comments

Based on experience with public events across North Carolina, the crowd estimate for the Raleigh, NC #WomensMarch is a minimum …

by Robert B Butler on Women's March on Raleigh Draws 17,000 Supporters (News)

Show off your hatred of the patriarchy with this anti-Trump inspired, feminist, pro- woman's rights, feminist symbol shirt! Join the …

by Carmen Wilson on Women's March on Raleigh Draws 17,000 Supporters (News)

© 2017 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation