Duke Energy isn’t going to finishing cleaning away a coal ash deposit near the Schoolfield Dam on the schedule it released in May. Duke expects to finish dredging later this month and then there’ll be several weeks of demobilization and restoration at Abreu-Grogan Park.
In the spring, the company said the park would reopen this month, now it looks like the park and its public boat ramp aren’t likely to be open before August. Duke’s Jeff Brooks told the Danville Register and Bee the work is being done as quickly as possible but they won’t be leaving until they’re sure the deposit is removed and EPA approves of the work. He sited weather delays and “technical fine tuning” as reasons its taking longer than expected.
Twenty-five hundred tons of coal ash formed a deposit 350 yards long, 20 yards wide, and a foot deep.