Sometimes being number one is not so great.

Sources:

http://wlos.com/news/local/radioactivity-found-in-groundwater-near-ashevilles-lake-julian-plant

https://www.catawbariverkeeper.org/2018/03/05/groundwater-monitoring-marshall-lake-norman-duke-energy-coal-plants%E2%80%8B-reveals-widespread-radioactivity/

The highest levels of radioactivity were found at Duke Energy’s Asheville Power Plant, with levels of radium in groundwater 38 times what EPA considers safe for drinking water. “These results confirm that we were right to force Duke Energy to commit to removing the coal ash from the leaking ash ponds at their Asheville site,” said Hartwell Carson, the French Broad Riverkeeper. “We need to ensure that Duke’s clean up of the site stops the release of dangerous pollutants to our groundwater.”

In addition to the alarming levels of radioactivity from radium, the results demonstrate that Duke Energy is contaminating groundwater with arsenic, lead, and a host of other toxic pollutants.

https://www.exploreasheville.com/press-room/ranked-rated/

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Cartoon originally published in the Asheville, NC alt weekly paper, “The Mountain Xpress”.

© 2018 – Brent Brown, Brent Brown Graphix