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CoastLine: Coal Ash, Navassa's Superfund Site, and the Special Use Permit

Multistate Trust contractors use state-­of-the-art sampling technology to cost effectively determine if creosote contaminates marsh sediments near the Brunswick River."

New Hanover County recently approved revisions to its special use permit.  Duke Energy is working to close its coal ash pits at the Sutton Steam Plant site and held a public meeting last week to update stakeholders on the progress.  Also last week, and officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality, and others held a public meeting in Navassa – about the testing and clean-up project on the former Kerr-McGee chemical site across the river in Brunswick County -- which is a Superfund site. 

On this edition of CoastLine, we’re stepping back to get a bird’s eye view of the environmental issues in the area for a closer look on the progress and the ongoing concerns. 

Segment 1:

Jeff Brooks, Spokesperson, Duke Energy

Woody White, Chairman, New Hanover County Board of Commissioners

Kemp Burdette, Cape Fear Riverkeeper

Eulis Willis, Mayor of the Town of Navassa

David Mattison, Environmental Engineer, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Navassa Superfund Project Manager


Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 4 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.