Coal en NC Coal Ash Disaster Discussed On Diane Rehm Show <p></p><p>Did you miss it? The Diane Rehm Show devoted an episode earlier this week to the coal ash spill in Eden, NC.</p><p>(The spill was caused by a pipe failure at a Duke Energy location. Coal ash is leftover from the process of burning coal. The ash is considered toxic, and is held in ponds. This spill is the third largest of its kind in U.S. history.)</p><p>This was an interesting part of the show, between Frank Holleman of the Southern Environmental Law Center and Diane Rehm:</p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Carol Jackson 31334 at NC Coal Ash Disaster Discussed On Diane Rehm Show New Emissions Standards Could Make Natural Gas Cheaper Than Coal <p>A <a href="">new study from Duke University</a> says new air quality standards could spur a shift away from coal power to natural gas as a means of generating electricity.&nbsp; A natural gas boom has already made it almost as cheap as coal to turn into electricity, but when researchers factored in new emissions standards from the Environmental Protection Agency, they found that most coal electricity will become as expensive as gas, even if gas prices rise.</p><p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 21:13:37 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson 13234 at New Emissions Standards Could Make Natural Gas Cheaper Than Coal Progress Energy To Shut Down Coal Plant <p>Progress Energy will close one of its older coal-fired plants tomorrow.</p><p>Officials with the Duke Energy subsidiary say the Lee plant near Goldsboro is one of four coal plants it will retire by the end of next year. The company will replace each of them with natural gas facilities designed to cut back on environmental emissions. Progress Energy spokesman Mike Hughes says it's part of a fleet modernization program begun three years ago.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 20:25:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 1901 at Toxic Mercury Levels Decline <p>Emissions of toxic mercury from North Carolina coal-fired power plants have dropped significantly in the last decade.<br><br><strong>Jeff Tiberii:</strong> In 2002 the General Assembly enacted the Clean Smokestack Act, aimed at cutting emissions. The North Carolina Division of Air Quality says the result is a 70-percent drop in toxic mercury entering the atmosphere. Tom Mather is with the division.<br> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 22:20:00 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 2081 at TVA Settlement Includes Payment to NC <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);">A settlement between the Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Valley Authority includes a payment to North Carolina. The TVA agreed to implement better emissions technology at all of its coal-fired plants including the four closest to North Carolina. Attorney General Roy Cooper filed a lawsuit against the TVA in 2006.</span> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 9009 at TVA Settlement Includes Payment to NC Coal-Fired Plant To Close <p>Progress Energy will shut down a coal-fired plant near Lumberton six years ahead of schedule.</p><p>Progress Energy spokesman Drew Elliot says the plant has provided more than a half century of reliable service:</p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 21:10:00 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 9182 at