CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Catawba Riverkeeper and Greenpeace filed a public records request Friday surrounding Duke Energy coal ash plants.
"Hopefully that will shed some light on what happened," riverkeeper Sam Perkins said.
Residents who claim their well water is contaminated by coal ash, along with the Riverkeeper and other activists, showed up at the Government Center around 10:30 a.m. to file a public records request for documents from the governor's office.
Residents and Greenpeace want to know how much Governor Pat McCrory was involved in the initial warning from the state to neighbors about cancer-causing chemicals in their water.
"We need to know his involvement in this case whether he was trying to cover up or manipulate the language in these letters." Michael Zytkow with Greenpeace said.
Environmentalists said those chemicals come from Duke's coal ash.
That warning was later rescinded in March, but residents are still suing Duke Energy to have ash ponds cleaned up.
The cleanup is something Duke is doing, but residents told Channel 9 it's not being done right, and they’re also tired of living off of bottled waters.
Channel 9 reached out to Duke and a company spokesperson said, “We remain focused on doing the right thing for plant neighbors, delivering bottled water and working on a plan to provide a permanent water supply to them.”
McCrory's campaign spokesman, Ricky Diaz, released the following statement Friday:
Perkins hopes to hear from the governor's office within two weeks.
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