Southern Environmental Law Center http://wunc.org en 'Astonishing:' State Appeals Requirement To Clean-Up Coal Ash http://wunc.org/post/astonishing-state-appeals-requirement-clean-coal-ash <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A North Carolina environmental agency is appealing a recent ruling that called for immediate action to stop groundwater contamination, caused by coal ash. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) is a state regulatory panel. Its members are currently appointed by three republican lawmakers. Two years ago the EMC said it didn't have the authority to force Duke Energy to clean up the causes of groundwater contamination at 14 sites around the state. Environmentalists filed a lawsuit, claiming the EMC wasn't properly reading or enforcing the law. State judge Paul Ridgeway agreed with that take last month, telling the agency it had authority to mandate that Duke deal with contaminants. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now, that same agency is appealing the judge's ruling.&nbsp;</span></p><div>"So the state is now on the same side of this appeal as Duke Energy, defending Duke against our effort to enforce the law against them," said DJ Gerken, an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, who called this appeal astonishing.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 33416 at http://wunc.org 'Astonishing:' State Appeals Requirement To Clean-Up Coal Ash Following The Coal Ash News: DENR Abandons Proposed Settlement http://wunc.org/post/following-coal-ash-news-denr-abandons-proposed-settlement <p></p><p></p><div><p></p>Officials with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have announced they are abandoning a proposed settlement with Duke Energy over the clean-up of coal ash. The proposed settlement would have levied Duke with a $99,000 fine, but had no requirement to remove or clean-up coal ash at two sites in the state.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:35:22 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 32482 at http://wunc.org Following The Coal Ash News: DENR Abandons Proposed Settlement Dispute Over Latest 'Action' From DENR http://wunc.org/post/dispute-over-latest-action-denr <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Friday the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (</span>DENR<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) announced it plans to modify Duke Energy water permit. Those water permits are administered by the state and adhere to federal guidelines for discharge. </span>DENR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says it plans to change permits so that Duke would be required to remove all coal ash from unlined pits at two plants - one along Lake Catawba near Charlotte, the other outside of Asheville. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:21:41 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 32090 at http://wunc.org Dispute Over Latest 'Action' From DENR DENR Calls Duke's Coal Ash Clean-Up Plan Inadequate http://wunc.org/post/denr-calls-dukes-coal-ash-clean-plan-inadequate <p></p><p></p><p>The CEO of Duke Energy sent a <span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=008d832f-e679-41d4-b623-f1c8527ca541&amp;groupId=14">letter</a> </span>this week to Governor Pat McCrory and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) outlining the company's plans for coal ash clean-up in the state.</p><p>Duke says the letter is a big deal.</p><p>DENR described it as inadequate.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:50:20 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 32068 at http://wunc.org DENR Calls Duke's Coal Ash Clean-Up Plan Inadequate More Metal Pipes At NC Coal Ash Ponds http://wunc.org/post/more-metal-pipes-nc-coal-ash-ponds <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">In the immediate aftermath of last month’s <a href="http://www.duke-energy.com/">Duke Energy</a> coal ash spill, concerns were raised about the existence of similar pipes at other ponds around the state. Yesterday, the <a href="http://www.ncdenr.gov/web/guest">North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources</a>, DENR, confirmed the presence of eight additional corrugated metal pipes at Duke Energy coal ash ponds.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:47:13 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 31618 at http://wunc.org More Metal Pipes At NC Coal Ash Ponds Coal Ash Concerns, Lack Of Enforcement Revealed In Emails http://wunc.org/post/coal-ash-concerns-lack-enforcement-revealed-emails <div><p></p><p>Internal emails released this week reveal that officials with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have been concerned about coal ash ponds at Duke Energy sites for years.</p><p>The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) obtained the documents as part of its effort to close coal ash ponds throughout the state. The roughly 400 pages of emails reveal employees at the state agency were concerned about storm water runoff at six sites owned by Duke Energy.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:57:41 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 31552 at http://wunc.org Coal Ash Concerns, Lack Of Enforcement Revealed In Emails Were There Any Changes In Coal Ash Clean-Up After Other Disasters In The U.S.? http://wunc.org/post/were-there-any-changes-coal-ash-clean-after-other-disasters-us <p></p><p></p><p>At least 30,000 tons of coal ash poured through a broken Duke Energy stormwater pipe and into the Dan River earlier this month. The spill is the third largest of its kind in US history.<br /><br />But that spill was much smaller than an accident in Tennessee six years ago.<br /><br />It was the middle of the night, three days before Christmas in 2008 when part of a retention wall at a Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash pond ruptured.&nbsp; A dike failed and millions of gallons of potentially toxic waste were unleashed.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:02:05 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 31318 at http://wunc.org Were There Any Changes In Coal Ash Clean-Up After Other Disasters In The U.S.? Governor 'Using Words, Not Actions' With Duke Energy http://wunc.org/post/governor-using-words-not-actions-duke-energy <p>Governor Pat McCrory <a href="http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=ccd3c63b-9a53-4901-9a96-cbd388079b6f&amp;groupId=14">has sent a letter</a> to Duke Energy’s CEO asking the company to remove coal ash from sites near waterways. In the letter McCrory says his administration has expressed its primary desire that coal ash ponds be moved away from waterways.</p><p>“This is a good development but we’re still dealing with words and not actions,” said Frank Holleman is senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center.”</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:55:02 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 31193 at http://wunc.org Governor 'Using Words, Not Actions' With Duke Energy Dan River Fish Tested After Coal Ash Spill http://wunc.org/post/dan-river-fish-tested-after-coal-ash-spill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">This week, the <a href="http://www.ncdenr.gov/web/guest">NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources</a>, DENR, is testing fish tissue in the Dan River for contamination from the Duke Energy coal ash spill earlier this month.</span></font><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></font><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">The Southern Environmental Law Center claims they warned Duke Energy and DENR of a potential spill last year.&nbsp;</span></font></p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:29:58 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 31130 at http://wunc.org Dan River Fish Tested After Coal Ash Spill Coal Ash Lawsuits: A History http://wunc.org/post/coal-ash-lawsuits-history <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p align="center">&nbsp;</p><p>Earlier this month a stormwater pipe running under a coal ash pond in Eden ruptured. It did the following:</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:02:43 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 31043 at http://wunc.org Coal Ash Lawsuits: A History