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Some Well Owners Feel Vindicated By Epidemiologist's Resignation

Duke Energy's G.G. Allen Steam Station on Lake Wylie in Gaston County
Aaron Hartley

Some well owners near coal plants say the resignation of North Carolina’s epidemiologist confirms what they’ve been saying for months: their water is not safe to drink.

Amy Brown lives in Belmont near the Allen Steam Station.

"My water was contaminated in 2015, on that date when we found out and it's still contaminated today," Brown says.

"There is nothing changed."

Brown is referring to the date last year when the state said her water was not safe to drink. When she got another letter in March saying the water was now safe, she says she didn’t believe it. Her family has continued using bottled water provided by Duke Energy for drinking and cooking.

State epidemiologist Dr. Megan Davies resigned Tuesday, saying "I cannot work for a department and an administration that deliberately misleads the public." Dr. Davies says state leaders are pushing a false narrative in criticizing a scientist from her department who helped with well water screening and recommendations.