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  • Duke Energy CEO loses $600K in pay over coal ash pollution

    Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good saw her pay docked about $600,000 in the aftermath of last year's massive spill of collected coal ash that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals. A portion of Good's $8.3 million compensation was reduced 35 percent in 2014 compensation, according to a proxy statement released this week ahead of the company's annual ...


    By Associated Press

  • US charges Duke with illegal pollution from 5 coal ash dumps

    Federal prosecutors filed multiple criminal charges against Duke Energy on Friday over years of illegal pollution leaking from coal ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants. The three U.S. Attorney's Offices covering the state charged Duke with nine misdemeanor counts involving violations of the Clean Water Act. The prosecutors say the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Duke Energy fined $25 million over coal ash pollution

    North Carolina environmental officials said Tuesday that they are fining Duke Energy $25 million over pollution that has been seeping into groundwater for years from a pair of coal ash pits at a retired power plant. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources called it the state's largest penalty for environmental damages. It ...


    By Associated Press

  • Judge hits state agency over Duke Energy coal ash pollution

    North Carolina's environmental watchdog agency has not been trying very hard to force Duke Energy to clean up toxic groundwater pollution near a coal-burning power plant where neighbors can't drink their well water, a federal judge said. U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs' comments came in a decision late Tuesday rejecting bids by the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Coal-ash dumps threaten community

    From his modest home near the Cape Fear River, Sam Malpass can glimpse the tall stacks of Duke Energy's Sutton Steam Electric Plant, a looming reminder of the environmental dangers threatening his family. Contaminated groundwater from a pair of huge Sutton coal-ash dumps is headed toward the wells that provide drinking water for Flemington, a largely working class community a half mile from the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Largest Coal Ash Dump Site In U.S. to Be Target of Suit Charging Extensive Violations of Federal, State Pollution Laws

    The largest coal-ash pond in the United States – the 1,700-acre Little Blue Run impoundment site in Pennsylvania and West Virginia for FirstEnergy's Bruce Mansfield Plant – is the focus of litigation to be filed by Little Blue Regional Action Group, formerly known as Citizens Against Coal Ash, along with attorneys from Environmental Integrity Project and Public Justice. According to ...

  • NC legislators approve regulating toxic coal ash

    North Carolina lawmakers have approved legislation they say makes the state the nation's first to address decades of toxic water pollution from residue left behind by coal-burning electricity plants. The General Assembly on Wednesday approved legislation addressing the problem unmasked six months ago when a coal ash spill from a Duke Energy ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups

    Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill and gray sludge spewed into the Dan River in North Carolina. With each disaster, environmentalists sounded alarms and called for the byproduct of burning coal to be treated as hazardous ...


    By Associated Press

  • NC sides with Duke in appeal of coal ash ruling

    North Carolina regulators are joining with Duke Energy in appealing a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps. The state Environmental Management Commission filed notice Monday that it intends to appeal a March 6 ruling by ...


    By Associated Press

  • North Carolina dumps coal ash deal with Duke

    North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools. Lawyers for the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources asked a judge to disregard ...


    By Associated Press

  • Coal-ash waste poses risk across the nation

    The billion-gallon wave of toxic coal-ash sludge that burst from a power-plant retention pond and buried 300 acres of rural Tennessee hints at a far larger problem: hundreds of similar threats nationwide. More than 1,300 coal-ash waste sites are dotted across the United States, about half of them actively used, federal data show. Some are landfills. The rest are 'surface impoundments' (storage ...


    By Axcess News

  • Duke Energy wants citizens group out of ash action

    Duke Energy is asking a judge to prevent citizens groups from taking part in any enforcement action that would make the company clean up nearly three dozen coal ash pits across North Carolina. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources filed a complaint against Duke last year. Several citizens groups got involved in the case, saying the waste dumps polluted groundwater. But Duke filed a ...


    By Associated Press

  • Duke Energy reaches $7 million deal with NC on coal ash

    Duke Energy agreed Tuesday to pay North Carolina regulators $7 million to settle allegations of groundwater pollution at its coal ash pits and to perform accelerated cleanups costing millions of dollars at four sites. The agreement came as lawyers for the country's largest electric company and the state were preparing courtroom arguments regarding a $25 million fine over groundwater pollution at ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA expected to treat coal ash waste like garbage

    Environmentalists and industry experts widely expect the first federal standards for the waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash like household garbage, rather than a hazardous material. The Obama administration is under court order to unveil the rule Friday, ending a six-year effort that began after a massive spill at a ...


    By Associated Press

  • Tweak to North Carolina law protected Duke`s coal ash pits

    Duke Energy was in a bind. North Carolina regulators had for years allowed the nation's largest power company to pollute the ground near its plants without penalty. But in early 2013, a coalition of environmental groups sued to force Duke to clean up nearly three dozen leaky coal ash dumps spread across the state. So last summer, Duke Energy turned to North Carolina lawmakers for help. ...


    By Associated Press

  • Prosecutors file new subpoenas over NC coal ash

    Federal prosecutors have served North Carolina's environmental agency with 20 more subpoenas seeking documents and ordering 19 state employees to testify before a grand jury, part of a broadening criminal investigation into a massive coal ash spill. The subpoenas made public by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources on ...


    By Associated Press

  • NC judge denies Duke motion to seal coal ash docs

    A North Carolina judge on Friday denied Duke Energy's motion seeking to shield records related to groundwater pollution leeching from 33 coal ash dumps in the state while a separate federal criminal investigation is ongoing. Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway's ruling came after Duke defense lawyer Jim Cooney scaled back the company's request to restrict access to documents in a civil case filed ...


    By Associated Press

  • Regulators say Duke pumped coal ash into NC river

    North Carolina regulators say Duke Energy illegally pumped 61 million gallons of contaminated water from a coal ash pit into the Cape Fear River, marking the eighth time in less than a month the nation's largest electricity company has been cited for environmental violations. The pumping violated the terms of Duke's wastewater permit at its Cape Fear Plant, State Department of Environment and ...


    By Associated Press

  • Coal Ash, environmental risks to dominate southern company annual meeting

    With Southern Company"s annual shareholder meeting tomorrow, and with two resolutions on the ballot focusing on risks from the company"s environmental practices, there is rising pressure on Southern Company to take action to improve its environmental record in relation to coal ash and other matters. Shareholder proposals on climate change and coal ash have been earning record votes at companies ...

  • North Carolina Gov. McCrory briefed on Duke coal ash lawsuit

    North Carolina's top environmental official said Monday that he briefed Gov. Pat McCrory before intervening in lawsuits against Duke Energy, resulting in a negotiated settlement that fined the $50 billion corporation $99,111 to resolve violations over groundwater contamination leaching from two huge coal ash dumps. Environmentalists ...


    By Associated Press

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