Weatherspoon Steam Electric Plant has 4 groundwater monitoring wells, 1 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between November 16, 2010 and October 03, 2014. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of cadmium.Site description
Duke Energy's W.H. Weatherspoon Steam Electric Plant was a former coal-powered power plant located near Lumberton, North Carolina. The plant was originally opened in 1949 and, following the addition of two more coal-fired units in the 1950s, had a generating capacity of 177 megawatts (MW).The coal-fired units were officially closed in 2011 and destroyed in 2013, but four peaking units, fueled by natural gas and oil, continue to operate.
In 2009, Duke Energy announced plans to shut down eleven coal-burning units at four power plants in North Carolina. The W.H. Weatherspoon Steam Electric Plant was the first of these plants to close, with the remaining plants scheduled for retirement by the end of 2017.
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