Charlotte considers land for coal ash burial

Aug. 14, 2014 @ 12:46 PM

Charlotte is considering a plan to allow Duke Energy to bury coal ash on some land that would not involve Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/1BgqX50) that Duke had originally suggested burying the nearly 5 million tons of coal ash under a planned new runway at the airport.

Airport officials say it's too risky to put a runway on top of the material.

The coal ash is currently stored on the banks of the city's main reservoir.

The new proposal calls for Charlotte to give Duke 128 acres of woods near Interstate 485 to bury the ash. Duke would give the airport 42 acres where the company has an operations center.

Duke is considering the idea but has not said when it will make a decision.