CONWAY, South Carolina — Santee Cooper has agreed to remove 1.3 million tons of coal ash from the banks of the Waccamaw River.
The Southern Environmental Law Center says Tuesday it reached that settlement regarding the Grainger Generating Station.
The center sued Santee Cooper on behalf of the Waccamaw Riverkeeper, the Coastal Conservation League and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy to require removal of the coal ash. The groups said the ash was being stored in earthen lagoons, which discharge arsenic into the groundwater and the river.
The groups also sued the Department of Health and Environmental Control, which in June settled those allegations by issuing a new water permit for storage pools.
Last year, South Carolina Electric & Gas settled a similar lawsuit over discharges at its coal-fired Wateree Station near Eastover.