Letter: Truth needed about spill

Feb. 15, 2014 @ 11:02 PM

To the editor:

The news that Duke Energy has extended its water testing to Kerr-Reservoir is of the utmost concern to our part of this state.

It was reported that as of the test date, “no contaminants, in filtered water, above state drinking water standards” have been found. How about the contaminants in the unfiltered water for fish? How about for swimmers and boaters? How about the long-term effects of heavy metals?

The lack of response on Duke’s part for not reporting the horrific ash spill at the earliest opportunity and the leadership at the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which has become more business friendly, should make us all fearful.

Kerr Lake is our greatest resource and who could have imagined this scenario threatening all of us? The Daily Dispatch should report on this daily, should publish the results of all tests and should investigate and ask hard questions about the operation of our water system until we are reassured by someone other than Duke Energy or DNER. If Kerr Lake does not have a clean bill of health, then none of us will.

Elissa Yount