Duke Energy remains under public scrutiny after tests showed that private wells of hundreds of landowners with property near the site of a massive coal ash spill were contaminated with toxic heavy metals. Reports indicate the contaminated water sources contained unsafe levels of iron, lead, magnesium, arsenic, and vanadium.
Following last year’s spill, legislators passed a bill requiring water sources within 1,000 feet of the spill site to be tested. Since that time, 145 wells were examined for contaminants. The results are startling.
According to WRAL News, 87 of the wells tested contained levels of contaminants that did not meet state safety regulations. Some of those sites contain levels of vanadium more than 86 times higher than legally allowed in drinking water.
People with contaminated wells have been warned by officials to purify their water or utilize bottled water until a permanent source can be secured.
Property owners with contaminated water sources should be aware of their rights, and the North Carolina personal injury lawyers at HensonFuerst are here to help. If you have questions regarding the laws regulating your water sources, feel free to give us a call at (866) 777-1170 to get the answers you need.