Energy/Environment

Local News
9:39 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Coal Ash Produces High Arsenic Levels In Mountain Island Lake, Study Finds

A Duke University study has found high levels of coal ash contaminants in rivers and lakes downstream from coal-fired power plants. Mountain Island Lake, which provides drinking water to the Charlotte area, is one of the lakes tested that show the highest amounts of arsenic.  

The study tested 11 North Carolina lakes and rivers, and it found smaller ones like Mountain Island had the highest levels of coal ash toxins. 

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Local News
2:18 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Regulators Issue Findings On Catawba Nuclear Plant Power Outage

Catawba Nuclear Station is located on Lake Wylie in York County, South Carolina and began commercial operation in 1985.
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Federal regulators have concluded their investigation of a power outage that led one of Duke Energy's nuclear reactors on Lake Wylie to shut down abruptly in April.

A preliminary report from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Duke didn't follow
proper guidelines in testing upgraded equipment on one of its power generators at the plant.  NRC spokesman Roger Hannah says the commission will wait on deciding on whether to issue a violation to Duke.  

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Science & Environment
1:00 pm
Tue April 8, 2008

Eulogy for Charlotte's Cankerworms

It's a tough week to be a cankerworm in Charlotte. The planes have taken to the air and are dropping a substance that's designed to make a deadly meal for the wormy millions. City officials hope this week’s spraying will vastly thin the ranks of the cankerworms.  They expect the green worms back next year, but in lower numbers.  WFAE's Lisa Miller considers the plight of the cankerworm as the corpses begin to mount. 

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Myrick Discusses Clean Air Legislation
12:00 pm
Tue November 8, 2005

Myrick Discusses Clean Air Legislation

(11/08/05) The Environmental Protection Agency wants to change the way it measures air pollution from power plants. Opponents say the agency's proposed new rule would increase air pollution by allowing fossil fuel power plants to run longer. But Republican North Carolina Congresswoman Sue Myrick says it will all help the EPA reach their clean air goals more efficiently. From WFAE's Capitol Hill bureau, Terry Gildea has more.

Gas Prices Boost Hybrid Interest
1:00 pm
Fri September 9, 2005

Gas Prices Boost Hybrid Interest

(9/9/05) The higher gasoline prices get, the higher the profile of the hybrid vehicle becomes. But are people ready to get out of their high consumption vehicles and try out these cars? From WFAE's Carolinas Business Bureau, Simone Orendain looks at the pros and cons of the gas-electric hybrids.

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