A year ago I relocated with my dog and cat from the Raleigh area to a wonderful home with a really great 5 acres of yard, gardens and woods in Arden, off Long Shoals Road. I thought up here in Asheville it was going to be a great, environmentally conscious place to live and I was very excited about that!
I was so enthralled with my new place I did not do my homework before the move. Unfortunately I found myself living right across from the Progress Energy power plant on Lake Julian.
I have black soot on my bird feeders and everywhere outside and inside, my dog and cat have developed breathing problems, I smell fumes all of the time inside and out and my car's paint job has gone to heck.
I emailed Progress Energy with my complaints and concerns about their power plant and they did call me back letting me know that it is up to code. They had no idea why I am smelling fumes or why there is soot all over everything outdoors as well as inside. Most of my statements to them were met by silence and the questions with repeated answers.
Well, I am moving to Hot Springs where I have found an equally nice place to live — hopefully with less pollution in the air.
So goodbye, Progress Energy clean-coal-generated power plant, and good riddance.
— Candace Owen