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4:06 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Study claims pollution killing and deforming Sutton Lake fish

A new study claims coal ash from a Duke Energy power plant is killing and deforming fish at a lake near Wilmington.

A new study claims coal ash from a Duke Energy power plant is killing and deforming fish at a lake near Wilmington. George Olsen has more.

The study claims coal ash pollution from Duke Energy’s Sutton power plant is killing over 900,000 fish in Sutton Lake near Wilmington and deforming thousands more. The study was conducted by Wake Forest University’s Dr. Dennis Lemly, a leading expert on selenium poisoning.  A press release from the Southern Environmental Law Center says even low levels of selenium can trigger mutations and death of several fish species. The study says the value of the lost fish to subsistence and sports fisherman is $1.1 million yearly. The SELC has notified the state Department of Natural Resources and Duke Energy of intent to file a lawsuit asking for a clean-up of coal ash pollution at Sutton Lake. I’m George Olsen.