Coal Ash

Environment
8:13 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Some In Lee County Oppose Coal Ash Dump

A protester outside the Duke Energy event in Lee County.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Last night, Duke Energy employees hadn’t yet set up all their tables along the walls of the first-floor hallway of the Lee County Arts and Community Center when Mark Coggins walked in.

And he was here for one reason.

“To see if we can stop the coal ash from coming to Lee County,” Coggins said.

A lifelong resident of Sanford, Coggins is not what you’d call open-minded on the issue.

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Environment
5:19 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Coal Ash in Carolina: Three Important Questions

Tom Augspurger (left), contaminants specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, takes a core sample of coal ash on Feb. 8 on the banks of the Dan River. Augsperger is shown here with John Fridell, also with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Rick Smith of Duke Energy.
Credit Steve Alexander, USFWS

Politicians, regulators, engineers, and commissions are trying to decide what to do with the 100-million tons of coal ash in 32 pits and ponds across North Carolina.

Before a broken storm pipe caused 33,000 tons of coal ash to spill into the Dan River back in February, most people had never heard of it.

So what is coal ash? How dangerous is it? And what are we going to do with it?

Question #1: What is coal ash?

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Environment
2:52 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Two North Carolina Counties Want To Get Paid To Take Coal Ash

Duke Energy owns and operates 32 coal ash ponds at 14 sites across North Carolina.
Credit Duke Energy

Duke Energy’s plan to dispose of coal ash in abandoned clay mines in two North Carolina counties may hit a snag.

If coal waste was trash from your kitchen trash can, and ended up in a private landfill, the owners of that landfill would be required to pay a host fee of $2 per ton of trash.

Duke Energy’s plan to dispose of 20 million tons of coal ash in abandoned clay mines in Lee and Chatham counties should come under the same rules, say officials in Lee County.

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Politics & Government
1:57 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

NC Gov. Pat McCrory Sues General Assembly Leaders Over Separation Of Powers

Gov. Pat McCrory
Credit Dave DeWitt

Governor Pat McCrory has filed a suit against House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate Leader Phil Berger, saying he's trying to stop them from usurping executive powers.

The lawsuit, filed in Wake County Superior Court, alleges violations of the separation of powers, executive power, and appointments provisions of the state Constitution, the Raleigh News & Observer reported. Former governors Jim Hunt, a Democrat, and Jim Martin, a Republican, joined McCrory in the filing.

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Environment
1:15 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Coal Ash Commission: Cost Will Be Felt By All

The Coal Ash Management Commission met for the first time on Friday.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The North Carolina Coal Ash Commission has begun the process of creating rules and regulations to manage the cleanup of Duke Energy’s 32 coal ash ponds.

The Commission has a huge job. Among other things, Commission Chair Michael Jacobs made it clear that cost will be a consideration.

“To the extent that cleanup costs are passed on to the residents and businesses of North Carolina through higher power rates, everyone who uses power will share the expense,” Jacobs said.

Duke Energy has said it would cost $10 billion to move coal ash from all sites.

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Environment
9:33 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Lawyer Now Assisting State On Coal Ash Previously Represented Duke Energy On Same Issue

Craig Bromby
Credit Hunton & Williams LLP

A lawyer advising North Carolina's environmental agency on rewriting clean-up rules for Duke Energy's coal ash dumps previously represented the electricity company on the same issue.

Craig Bromby was hired in June at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He retired in March as a partner at the Raleigh office of Hunton & Williams, where his corporate clients included Duke.

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Politics & Government
8:48 am
Wed October 1, 2014

New NC Laws On Coal Ash, Drones And Taxes Go Into Effect Today

Under a new NC law, an unmanned aircraft can’t be used for secret surveillance or to take pictures for mass circulation without the subjects’ permission.
Credit Chris Goldberg / Flickr/Creative Commons

A series of laws passed by the General Assembly this summer will go into effect today, affecting areas of construction, pollution and privacy. The variety in legislation reflects the broad reach of the state House and Senate this year.

Coal Ash

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Environment
7:55 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Duke Energy Allocates $10 Million, Months After Coal Ash Spill

Duke Energy workers hammered and drilled along the Dan River boardwalk Wednesday morning.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Duke Energy is putting $10 million toward the improvement of waterways in five Southeastern States. The new Water Resources Fund was introduced Wednesday at multiple news conferences.  Duke has also announced plans to remove coal ash from three unlined dumps in South Carolina. But there is no immediate timetable for such removal in North Carolina. This comes almost eight months after the third largest coal ash spill in U.S. history.

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Environment
3:50 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Environmentalists Push Gov. McCrory To Do More On Coal Ash

Environmental protesters outside the State Capitol.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Environmental groups are putting pressure on Governor Pat McCrory to do more to clean up coal ash across the state. Environment North Carolina delivered a petition with 40,000 signatures to his office today.

Legislation goes into effect today that directs Duke Energy to clean up coal ash at the four pits deemed to be the highest risk. The law gives Duke 15 years to complete the clean-up.

Environmentalists say that doesn’t go far enough.

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Environment
8:34 am
Wed September 10, 2014

NC Governor Won't Block Coal Ash Bill... But He Won't Sign It Either

On Feb. 2, about 39,000 tons of coal ash spilled from a Duke Energy facility into the Dan River, north of Eden, N.C.
Credit Steven Alexander / USFWS

Governor Pat McCrory says he'll allow a coal ash management plan to become law without his signature.

The governor says Duke Energy needs to take action as soon as possible. It needs to take care of the coal ash that's in ponds across the state. But that doesn't mean the governor is happy with the plan.

"I am letting the bill become law without signing it because there are major deficiencies that need to be corrected," he said in a recorded statement.

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