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  • EPA plans to regulate coal ash

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today is proposing the first-ever national rules to ensure the safe disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants. Coal combustion residuals, commonly known as coal ash, are byproducts of the combustion of coal at power plants and are disposed of in liquid form at large surface impoundments and in solid form at landfills. The residuals ...


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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • EPA and Duke Energy enter Agreement to Cleanup Coal Ash Release in the Dan River

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed an enforceable agreement with Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (Duke) to perform a comprehensive assessment, determine the location of coal ash deposits and to remove deposits along the Dan River as deemed appropriate by EPA in consultation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a result of the coal ash spill that occurred at the Dan River Steam ...

  • Duke: Moving coal ash from water would cost up to $10 billion

    Duke Energy told North Carolina lawmakers Tuesday that removing all of the company's coal ash away from the state's rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion, with its electricity customers likely footing nearly all the bill. In a presentation to a state legislative committee, Duke's North Carolina president ...


    By Associated Press

  • To clean up coal, Obama pushes more oil production

    America's newest and cleanest coal-fired power plant comes with a catch: The heat-trapping carbon dioxide removed from its smokestack pollution will help force more oil out of the ground. Some environmentalists complain that it ends up releasing more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than is stored underground as waste. It's another example of the Obama administration promoting new, cleaner ...


    By Associated Press

  • Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths

    It happens about once a month here, on the barren foothills of one of America's green-energy boomtowns: A soaring golden eagle slams into a wind farm's spinning turbine and falls, mangled and lifeless, to the ground. Killing these iconic birds is not just an irreplaceable loss for a vulnerable species. It's also a federal crime, a charge that the Obama administration has used to prosecute oil ...


    By Associated Press

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