In the first half of the 1900s, Duke operated two manufactured gas plants (MGP) in Greenville. One was located on the corner of Bramlett Road and West Washington Street in the Southernside Community, a short distance from the Reedy River. Though this facility closed almost 70 years ago, tons of its coal sludge pollution remains in the ground and water, migrating toward and into the Reedy River and blighting many acres of land and wetlands in Southernside.
Meanwhile, Duke's other site, located along Broad Street in an affluent part of Greenville, has long been entirely cleaned up and redeveloped into a luxury condominium complex. The contamination at both MGP sites was discovered around the same time, in the mid-90s. Yet, while the Broad Street site was promptly remedied, testing and "more studies" have dragged on for 25 years in Southernside, until SCELP got involved. More on that disparity here and in the video below.
Residents in the predominantly African-American community of Southernside have suffered too long from the direct and indirect harm caused by this major contamination, and Greenville at-large and downstream communities are being harmed from this continuing pollution of the Reedy River. Immediate, significant action is necessary.
Please support immediate execution of the cleanup plan procured by our ally, the Southern Environmental Law Center, found here, which calls for prompt excavation and removal of known contamination zones, along with targeted additional testing.
In addition to your signature, please SHARE this petition with your friends and CALL/WRITE your local officials to demand cleanup! Our partners at VillageEngage compiled talking points for you to communicate with Duke Energy, DHEC and elected officials to demand action now.
Read more about SCELP's ongoing work on the Bramlett site: