Duke Energy is now hauling coal ash from North Carolina to Banks County to be disposed of at R&B Landfill on Bennett Road in Homer.
The first truck of excavated coal ash left the retired Riverbend Power Plant near Charlotte, N.C., on May 21 marking the beginning of the end for ash storage at that site as Duke Energy relocates ash to a fully lined landfill.
The Riverbend excavation will start with 10 truckloads a day to pilot the process and minimize impacts on neighbors. Ash will be sent to the fully lined landfill in Homer and will be transported moist, in covered and washed trucks, to control dust, Duke Energy officials report.
The Banks County landfill is an interim step as the company works with an outside company to permit two fully lined structural fill projects proposed for North Carolina's Chatham and Lee counties, Duke officials report.