DENR http://wunc.org en 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 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 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 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 Democrats Want Coal Ash Removed http://wunc.org/post/democrats-want-coal-ash-removed <p></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 31980 at http://wunc.org Democrats Want Coal Ash Removed 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 Day 31 Of The Coal Ash Spill: Eight More Metal Pipes http://wunc.org/post/day-31-coal-ash-spill-eight-more-metal-pipes <p></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State regulators with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (</span>DENR<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) say there are additional metal pipes at Duke Energy coal ash ponds that pose a threat. It was a metal corrugated storm water pipe running under a coal ash pond in Eden that ruptured 31 days ago, setting off the third largest spill of its kind in U-S history. </span>DENR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced today that eight other metal pipes run through retention walls, around coal ash pits, but not under them. These eight serve a different function than the pipe that broke last month. The eight discharge pipes remove surface water from the top of the lagoons once coal ash has settled at the bottom. Duke has previously stated it was unaware of any other metal pipes at its 14 coal-fired power plants.</span></div><div> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 31571 at http://wunc.org Day 31 Of The Coal Ash Spill: Eight More Metal Pipes