Take Action for Coal Ash Clean-up at Buck!

We need you to raise your voices to let DEQ know that the ash at Buck, Duke Energy's retired coal power plant on High Rock Lake, needs to be cleaned up, not covered up. WE NEED YOU TO ATTEND THE PUBLIC HEARING on March 22 and demand excavation of the ash to lined storage. Email us at info@yadkinriverkeeper.org if you're interested in getting a ride from Winston-Salem. [

WE NEED YOU TO EMAIL PUBLIC COMMENTS TO DEQ BY APRIL 18 to provide resolution to Dukeville residents depending on bottled water. 

Copy and paste the letter below into an email to Buckcomments@ncdenr.gov

Or print and mail it to: 

N.C. Division of Water Resources,
Groundwater Protection Section, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality,
Attn: Debra Watts, 1636 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1611


Dear NC DEQ,


NC DEQ should rank Buck as high priority and make Duke Energy move all of the coal ash at this site to safer dry, lined storage away from waterways. Capped storage is not acceptable and will not protect families from coal ash contamination.


Duke Energy’s leaking coal ash pits at Buck continue to threaten groundwater. The same problems that caused the Dan River coal ash spill – cracked, leaking, and failing metal stormwater pipes – are happening at Buck as well. For years, Duke Energy reported dumping tens of thousands of pounds of vanadium and chromium into its coal ash ponds at Buck. A spill here would be devastating to the surrounding community. Even without a dam break, seeps and illegal discharges at the coal ash pits continue to pollute the Yadkin River. 


State health officials have advised the Dukeville community, near the Buck coal ash facility, not to drink their well water because of harmful pollutants like vanadium and hexavalent chromium. No family should have to question the safety of their water. Not only do many residents living near or downstream from these toxic pits have to rely on bottled water, but the value of their homes has also dropped.


Please protect North Carolinians and our drinking water by ranking Buck as high priority and moving all of its toxic coal ash to dry, lined storage away from our waterways. Do not allow capping in place for this dangerous coal ash site.


Thank you,