September 23, 2020

In Winston, Coal Ash Waste Is Closer Than You Might Think

Earlier this week, NC Policy Watch reported that “coal ash from a structural fill site entered an unnamed stream after a sinkhole formed in Mooresville.” Mooresville has at least 14 such sites. There are coal ash structural fill sites throughout the state. Winston has one such site at 2000 Lowery Street, the site of the Joycelyn V. Johnson Municipal building. There are also coal ash structural fill sites in nearby Tobbaccoville and Belews Creek thanks to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and Duke Energy.

“The fill utilizes approximately 40,000 cubic yards of coal as excavated from the land designated to become the Piedmont Triad Research Park. Based on historical records of the Research Park property, the source of the ash was believed to be from the former Manufactured Gas Plant which operated from 1900-1960 along Third and Fourth Streets in downtown Winston-Salem.”

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