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Members of a group calling itself the Charlotte Environmental Action staged a midday protest Tuesday in front of Duke Energy's corporate headquarters on South Church Street.
The group said it was protesting Duke Energy's storage of coal ash in a retention pond at its now-closed Riverbend Steam Station northwest of Charlotte. Protesters say water from the pond is leaking into nearby Mountain Island Lake, which provides drinking water for much of Mecklenburg County and some surrounding cities.
They say that water contains potentially dangerous chemicals.
Duke Energy officials say the amount of leakage is very small, and they say tests of the water show the levels of potentially harmful chemicals are well below federal standards. Duke officials also say they plan eventually to clear away the lagoons
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