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Sampling of test wells surrounding two ash lagoons covering nearly 100 acres at Duke Energy’s Asheville power plant leaves no doubt that groundwater has been contaminated.
Illegal discharges of toxic heavy metals also have been detected seeping from the ash-laden ponds into the nearby French Broad River.
For environmentalists following the issue, those are reasons enough for state regulators to take immediate steps to address the pollution.
That’s also why they are dismayed with a proposed settlement of a lawsuit against Duke by the N.C. Division of Water Quality.