Coal Ash

Sunday Headlines
9:37 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Environmentalists say EPA's new coal-ash rules fall short

New federal rules are out governing disposal of coal ash, but environmentalists aren’t too happy.  They’ve been calling for stricter controls for years on the ash, which is the byproduct of burning coal for electricity. The government acted after a series of spills: 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, another spill and gray sludge spewed into North Carolina’s Dan River. Environmentalists wanted coal ash to be treated as hazardous waste.

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Charlotte Talks
4:33 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Coal Ash Update

Credit Appalachian Voices

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 

Coal ash is controversial and so is the North Carolina Coal Ash Commission. That body was sworn in last Friday, and in regards to who will pay for cleaning up Duke’s coal ash ponds, Chairman Michael Jacobs says everyone who uses power will share the expense. Meanwhile, Governor McCrory has joined two of his predecessors in suing the legislature over the makeup of the commission, and the state’s environmental watchdog has called Duke’s clean up protocols “inadequate.” We catch up on coal ash when Charlotte Talks. 

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Local News
9:56 am
Mon November 17, 2014

EPA Could Force Rethink Of NC Coal Ash Work

In Tennessee, work to remove ash from storage ponds at the Kingston Fossil Plant took years. The failure of the Kingston ponds spurred the EPA to begin writing rules for coal ash handling.
Credit Appalachian Voices

North Carolina lawmakers, regulators, and media have spent nine months considering what to do about coal ash, but an upcoming federal rule could nullify much of the planned clean-up.


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Local News
8:59 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Duke Plans To Use Coal Ash To Fill Old Mines

Duke Energy has five years to remove the four million tons of coal ash at the Riverbend Steam Station, which lies next to Mountain Island Lake.
Credit Mark Rumsey / WFAE

Duke Energy has proposed moving millions of tons of coal ash from waste ponds and using it to fill in old mines. So far, the plan has drawn support from frequent adversaries of the utility.

Duke says it has the perfect place to put about three million tons of ash: in old clay mines in Moncure and Sanford, a few dozen miles southwest of Raleigh. Right now, they are just open pits says Duke Energy spokeswoman Jennifer Jabon.

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Local News
6:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Duke Energy Redoing First Step In Coal Ash Clean-Up

Part of a coal ash pond at the Riverbend Steam Station, which sits next to Mountain Island Lake.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

North Carolina environmental regulators have ordered Duke Energy to redo the first step in the process of cleaning up its coal ash ponds around the state. The company has to measure contamination from the ponds, and state regulators say their plans to do so are inadequate.

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Local News
2:49 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Environmental Groups File More Coal Ash Lawsuits

The Southern Environmental Law Center's new lawsuits target pollution at the Buck Steam Station in Rowan County (pictured), the Cape Fear Plant, and the H.F. Lee Plant.
Credit Duke Energy

Environmental groups launched new lawsuits today against Duke Energy for pollution from the company’s coal ash ponds in North Carolina, adding more strands to a tangled web of litigation between Duke, environmental groups and state regulators.


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Environment
11:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

NC Lawmakers Compromise On Plan For Duke Energy's Coal Ash Ponds

North Carolina lawmakers have been under pressure to pass legislation in response a February spill of more than 39,000 tons of coal ash from a Duke plant onto the Dan River.
Credit Riverkeeper Foundation

Top Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly say they’ve agreed on a plan to manage Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds. The plan for Duke Energy's 33 ponds has been roughly six months in the making, but just weeks ago negotiations broke down between the senators and representatives who were writing it. 

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Local News
8:22 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

McCrory Issues Executive Order After Coal Ash Stalls

A form of coal ash, dried out.
Credit Alexia Gyorody / WFAE

After negotiations between the state House and Senate broke down last night, Governor Pat McCrory issued an executive order about coal ash, stored by Duke Energy in ponds near waterways around the state.


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WFAE Talks
4:04 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

WFAE Talks: The Budget, Lawmaker Tensions, Sales Tax, Coal Ash = Sleepy Reporters

News Director Greg Collard and reporters Ben Bradford and Tom Bullock (sitting in for Lisa Miller) discuss how lawmakers finally reached a budget deal. They also discuss the myriad of disputes that have dragged out and kept Tom and Ben up late at night, even prompting one of them to turn a WFAE studio into a bedroom of sorts.

Local News
9:27 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Coal Ash Compromise Breaks Down, Senate Postpones Vote

Coal ash lagoon.
Credit Jeff Willhelm / 2008 Observer File Photo

As part of a flurry of late night activity, the North Carolina Senate planned a vote on one of its top priorities, coal ash, and what to do about one hundred million tons of the waste, which is currently stored in ponds next to waterways around the state. But, the measure never made it to a vote.


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