Duke Energy’s CEO Lynn Good is scheduled to appear on CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday to explain how the nation’s largest utility is dealing with the coal-ash disposal problem.
Correspondent Lesley Stahl and a crew from the CBS news magazine were in Charlotte in September to interview Good and film two Duke plants with ash ponds in Gaston County, the decommissioned Riverbend plant and the Allen Steam Station, which uses modern emissions equipment to curb sulfur dioxide emissions.
CBS said Thursday that in the interview with Stahl, Good talks about how Duke’s 32 coal ash ponds built up over decades and defy any instant solution.
“I cannot immediately move 100 million tons of ash,” Good says. “It’s not a response that makes any sense. As much as I’d love to tell you there’s a simple solution, it’s one that requires study, it’s one that requires time to complete.”
Duke has announced plans to move ash at five plants in the Carolinas since a Feb. 2 spill into North Carolina’s Dan River.
Coal ash is a national problem with an estimated 1,000 ash ponds in the United States, some with heavy metals associated with cancer, like mercury and cadmium, that environmentalists fear can leach into soil and water supplies.
“60 Minutes” will air 7 p.m. Sunday on WBTV (Channel 3).