Duke Energy officials will be at the Williamston Municipal Center this Thursday, May 7 to explain the process for removal of approximately 3.4 million tons of coal ash from the W. S. Lee Steam station. The “open house” will be from 4:30 p.m. untll 7:30 p.m. and bus tours to the plant will be available, Duke officials said.
Duke Energy, in partnership with Waste Management, will begin removing more than three million tons of that coal ash in mid May. The ash will be relocated by truck to Waste Management’s fully lined and permitted solid waste disposal facility, in Homer, Ga.
The project is expected to take approximately three years to complete. Waste Management has allocated 50 new trucks for the project.
Residents of Williamston, Pelzer, West Pelzer, Piedmont and surrounding areas including Cheddar and South Greenville, will be impacted by the additional traffic.