North Carolina & South Carolina
Threat: Coal ash pollution
At risk: Drinking water and recreational enjoyment
Millions of people in the Southeast depend on the Catawba River for drinking water and recreation. However, storage ponds for coal ash, a byproduct of power generation, are threatening the river and local water supply with pollution. North Carolina's Department of Environment and Natural Resources must require Duke Energy's Riverbend power plant to ensure the coal ash ponds are sufficiently maintained to safeguard the river and water supply for future generations.