Duke Energy CEO addresses coal ash spill

by: Tina Terry Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Two months ago, thousands of tons of coal ash spilled into the Dan River.  It led to a push by state leaders to remove coal ash from other facilities throughout the state and in Charlotte. 

Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good spoke to Channel 9 Wednesday for the first time about the spill.

She talked to a small room of people about her company's efforts to clean up the coal ash.

"Overall water quality is back to normal and is good," said Good.

Since the spill, Gov. Pat McCrory has criticized the company saying it should "come out of the shadows" and publicly address problems.  Channel 9 asked why she's been seemingly quiet since the spill.

 "What I will say to you, I have been focused on the Dan River from Feb. 2 forward," Good said.

She said she's also been busy leading her company as it drafted plans to deal with coal ash near Mountain Island Lake. Channel 9 wanted a firm answer about who will pay for that coal ash removal.

"Will you push state regulators to make customers pay for cleanup costs?” Eyewitness News reporter Tina Terry asked. 

"Ultimately the determination of cost will be the responsibility of the North Carolina Utility Commission," she said. 

In a statement, the North Carolina Utilities Commission said, "The company must first request approval by the commission to recover costs from its customers before the commission decided whether to grant the request.”

Good would not say whether Duke would ask for that rate increase.