UPDATE: Duke Halting Coal Burning at Ohio Plant

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 8/29/2014 11:35 AM

NEW RICHMOND, Ohio (AP) - A utility says it will stop burning coal at a southwest Ohio power plant that was the site of a recent oil spill into the Ohio River.

Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy says it will retire the last two coal-fired units Sept. 1 at the New Richmond, Ohio, plant.

Duke says increasingly stringent federal regulations on power plant emissions are behind the decision. It had said earlier it would retire all coal-fired units there by January 2015.

Four oil-fired combustion turbines will remain at the site, primarily used for generating power during high demand.

Authorities said recently that cleanup was mostly complete of an estimated 9,000 gallons of oil spilled some 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati. Duke has said the spill apparently happened because of a valve left open.

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UPDATE 8/26/2014 3:15 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) - Cleanup of thousands of gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River from a power plant last week is mostly complete, and monitoring for any residual problems continues.

An estimated 9,000 gallons of oil spilled Aug. 18 at a Duke Energy power plant in New Richmond, about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati. Earlier estimates were around 3,000 to 5,000 gallons.

Authorities said Monday the command center responding to the spill closed and the Coast Guard lifted restrictions on the affected 15-mile stretch of river.

A spokeswoman for Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy says the company is working closely with federal and state environmental officials on any additional remediation needed. Duke says the spill apparently resulted from a valve left open during an oil transfer.

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UPDATE 8/20/2014 1:50 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) - Ohio and Kentucky water districts resumed taking water from the Ohio River after a fuel oil spill led them to stop doing so.

The Greater Cincinnati Water Works and the Northern Kentucky Water District stopped pumping drinking water from the river because of the fuel oil spill at a Duke Energy power plant about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati on Monday night.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is coordinating continuing containment and cleanup of the spill that authorities estimated could be up to 5,000 gallons.

The water districts reopened their intakes Tuesday night after finding no contamination in river samples.

A 15-mile river section, which had closed after the spill, also reopened Tuesday with some restrictions. Vessels traveling through must get Coast Guard clearance.

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CINCINNATI (AP) - An estimated 5,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati.

A Duke Energy official says the spill happened late Monday night at one of its substations in New Richmond.

Duke Energy spokeswoman Sally Thelen says the spill occurred during a fuel transfer and lasted 10 to 15 minutes before it was stopped.

An official with the Cincinnati Marine Safety Detachment says the spill is considered medium-sized, saying that designation applies to inland leaks between 1,000 and 10,000 gallons.

He says it will take several days to clean up the spill and that a vacuum likely will be needed to suck the oil out of the water.

Thelen says the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is on scene.

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