Coal Ash http://wunc.org en This Is How Much Money It Would Cost To Relocate Duke Energy’s 33 Coal Ash Dumps http://wunc.org/post/how-much-money-it-would-cost-relocate-duke-energy-s-33-coal-ash-dumps <p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:50:53 +0000 Jorge Valencia 34268 at http://wunc.org This Is How Much Money It Would Cost To Relocate Duke Energy’s 33 Coal Ash Dumps Environmental Issues Update: The Future of NC Coal Ash, Fracking, And Jordan Lake http://wunc.org/post/environmental-issues-update-future-nc-coal-ash-fracking-and-jordan-lake <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission has finalized their recommendations on fracking in the state to the General Assembly. Critics argue the commission needs more time as the health effects of fracking are unknown. In addition, the state commission tasked with deciding the methods of Jordan Lake clean-up remains undecided on next steps. And Governor McCrory proposes legislation to close or convert the state’s 33 coal ash ponds.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:42:01 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 33975 at http://wunc.org Environmental Issues Update: The Future of NC Coal Ash, Fracking, And Jordan Lake '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 Effects Of Coal Ash On Local Industries http://wunc.org/post/effects-coal-ash-local-industries <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:16:55 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 33158 at http://wunc.org Effects Of Coal Ash On Local Industries Concerns Linger For N.C. Residents After Coal Ash Spill http://wunc.org/post/concerns-linger-nc-residents-after-coal-ash-spill Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>A federal criminal investigation is focusing on Duke Energy and a North Carolina state environmental agency. A couple of months ago, as you may recall, a storm water pipe ruptured and poured as much as 39,000 tons of potentially toxic carbon byproduct into the Dan River in North Carolina.<p>North Carolina Public Radio's Jeff Tiberii reports.<p>JEFF TIBERII, BYLINE: The third-largest coal ash spill in U.S. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 33096 at http://wunc.org Cleaning Coal Ash In Danville, VA http://wunc.org/post/cleaning-coal-ash-danville-va <p></p><p>Leaders of the Moral Monday movement focused on coal ash during a town hall meeting in Eden. The 'Moral Monday' event consisted of two panels of people to discuss the health, environmental and economic impacts of the coal ash spill that originated in Eden, near the Virginia border almost two months ago. As much as 39,000 tons of potentially toxic ash poured into the Dan River when a metal pipe running through a Duke Energy coal ash dump, ruptured. The ash has been found as far as 70 miles downstream. Some of the ash at the spill site in Eden has been removed by the utility. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 00:32:16 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 33005 at http://wunc.org Cleaning Coal Ash In Danville, VA Triad News Update http://wunc.org/post/triad-news-update-1 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">The <a href="http://greensboro-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=84">Greensboro City Council</a> approved a plan directing $65 million toward the development of a performing arts center in Greensboro. Similar venues in&nbsp;Durham and Charlotte have brought revenue and recognition to the cities. Greensboro leaders hope their investment will yield similar rewards.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:00:42 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 32647 at http://wunc.org Triad News Update 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 Today In Coal Ash: Federal Testimony And A Chatham County Investigation http://wunc.org/post/today-coal-ash-federal-testimony-and-chatham-county-investigation <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal grand jury has been impaneled to hear evidence about the relationship between Duke Energy and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (</span>DENR<span style="line-height: 1.5;">). At the same time, that state agency is investigating the discharge of water by the utility at a site in Chatham County.</span> Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with WUNC's Jeff Tiberii about the latest developments on The State of Things today.</p><p></p><p><strong>First, the court proceedings:</strong></p><p>The highly criticized relationship between Duke Energy and DENR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is the focus of the federal investigation. The U.S. Attorney's office is demanding that Duke Energy and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources hand over records of wire transfers, receipts and any items of value that might have passed between the two. &nbsp;Twenty current and former state employees have been called to testify before a grand jury about their relationship with Duke Energy. The company and state utility commission also received subpoenas.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Jeff Tiberii, Laura Lee & Phoebe Judge 32300 at http://wunc.org Today In Coal Ash: Federal Testimony And A Chatham County Investigation 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