Duke begins tearing down western NC smokestacks

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 2:56 PM

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Duke Energy has begun tearing down a smokestack at one of its power plants in western North Carolina. 

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported (http://avlne.ws/1eQKdJM) the Charlotte-based utility took the smokestack at the Skyland plant out of service seven years ago. 

Senior project manager Tim Huffman says the company decided it was time to tear down the crumbling tower. 

Work started Monday. 

Huffman says once the project is in full swing, the company will be able to remove about 15 feet of the tower each day. 

Officials think it will take about two months to complete the project. A second old smokestack at the plant also will be removed. 

The towers are too close to working parts of the plant to blow them up.
 

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