According to the Associated Press, 152 out of 163 water wells tested within 1,000 feet of Duke Energy coal ash ponds failed to meet state standards for groundwater — a 93 percent rate of contamination. A large number of the tests reportedly showed high levels of lead, vanadium, and hexavalent chromium, the latter of which is carcinogenic to humans.
Duke Energy is denying its coal ash ponds are causing the pollution, saying it is occurring naturally. Duke is, however, providing bottled water to a small fraction of the affected residents.
“We do not believe our ash basins are responsible for the water quality concerns, but we want them to have peace of mind while more study is done,” Paige Sheehan, a Duke spokeswoman, told the AP.
Ever wonder how they live with themselves and their lies?