Coal Ash Spill

Politics & Government
8:48 am
Wed December 3, 2014

NC Environment Secretary To Take Helm At Commerce Dept. ‘He understands customer service’

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker (left) announced at a press conference at the Old Capitol Building that she's stepping down. Gov. Pat McCrory (center) said Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary John Skvarla (far right) would succeed Decker. Skvarla was joined by his wife, Elizabeth.
Credit Jorge Valencia

There will be some key changes to Governor Pat McCory’s cabinet in the New Year. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker is stepping down. And Environment Secretary John Skvarla will be the new head of the commerce department. The two positions are central to the governor's plan to attract businesses to North Carolina.

The governor feels very passionately about the members of his cabinet, or as he prefers to call it: his team. Yesterday, he was in front of a crowd in the historic chambers of the Old Capitol building, and beside him was Sharon Decker.

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Environment
6:13 am
Fri November 14, 2014

NC Coal Ash Committee Meets: Here’s One Of The First Decisions Needed

Duke Energy's Dan River coal ash basin.
Credit Steven Alexander, USFWS

The long road to determining how Duke Energy will clean up its 32 coal ash ponds starts today. The Coal Ash Management Commission holds it first meeting in Chapel Hill.

Among the many decisions the Commission will make is classifying the ponds as low, intermediate, or high-risk.

“The classification is really going to drive what the final closure plan looks like,” says Robin Smith, an environmental attorney and a former assistant secretary at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

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Politics & Government
8:36 am
Thu August 21, 2014

NC Lawmakers Approve Plan To Manage Duke Energy's Coal Ash Ponds

Credit Waterkeeper Alliance

The North Carolina General Assembly is sending Governor Pat McCrory a plan for Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds. It could become the first legislation in the country to try to mitigate the pollution from ashes left over from burning coal.

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Politics & Government
2:04 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

McCrory: 'We Haven't Broken Any Rules'

Gov. Pat McCrory.
Credit www.governor.state.nc.us

Governor Pat McCrory is responding to charges that he misstated when he sold his stock in Duke Energy. McCrory worked for the company for almost 30 years. 

Speaking to reporters after an education conference held by the North Carolina Chamber, the Governor faced a series of questions about when he sold the Duke stock that was part of his 401k.

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Politics & Government
9:18 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Why NC Lawmakers Couldn't Agree On A Coal Ash Management Plan This Summer

A Duke Energy power plant and coal ash ponds outside Asheville.
Credit Zen Sutherland

A few members of the North Carolina House of Representatives will be back in Raleigh for a skeleton session today, but no real business is expected to be conducted. Technically, they need to be there to keep the legislature in session. That’s because they couldn’t agree with their colleagues in the Senate on one of their main priorities this summer – what to do about 33 coal ash dumps around the state.

This story starts in February this year, and you might have seen it on national newscasts.

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The State of Things
12:24 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

State Senate Files Coal Ash Regulation Bill

Coal ash pond
Credit Waterkeeper Alliance

  

The state Senate is pushing a proposal that would close all of Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds in North Carolina. 

The plan lays out a timeline for Duke Energy to close the ponds, adds more oversight positions, and puts some restrictions on rate increases. 

It is part of an ongoing discussion about new regulations for utilities that use the ponds since 39,000 tons of ash spilled into the Dan River earlier this year.

Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC capital reporter Jorge Valencia about the latest coal ash legislation.

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The State of Things
12:22 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Film Shows Coal Ash Effects Across Country

Collapsed House Near Kingston Spill
Credit Wikipedia

    

The coal ash spill in the Dan River earlier this year turned a public spotlight on the issue of coal ash disposal. The challenges around coal ash waste have existed in communities throughout the nation for decades.

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The State of Things
10:01 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Triad News Update

The Dan River flows through Danville, VA 22 miles down stream from the site of a coal ash spill in Eden. Officials say treated water there remains safe to drink.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

    

Two Republican lawmakers introduced a bill to the North Carolina Senate last week to cut back on the threat of coal ash pollution in North Carolina. 

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