ash ponds http://wfae.org en Four Things To Know About The House Coal Ash Bill http://wfae.org/post/four-things-know-about-house-coal-ash-bill <p>The question about what to do with coal ash around the state came to the North Carolina House floor last night. In a contentious three hour debate, Republican lawmakers defended controversial changes to the bill they received from the Senate and defeated more than a dozen amendments. As the bill nears becoming law, here are four things to know about the latest version.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:18:16 +0000 Ben Bradford 54149 at http://wfae.org Four Things To Know About The House Coal Ash Bill Contentious Debate, Unanimous Vote For Coal Ash Bill In NC Senate http://wfae.org/post/contentious-debate-unanimous-vote-coal-ash-bill-nc-senate <p>The North Carolina Senate tentatively approved a bill last night that would determine what happens to the coal ash ponds at all 14 of Duke Energy’s coal plants in the state. The debate was far more rancorous than the final vote.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:18:47 +0000 Ben Bradford 53629 at http://wfae.org Contentious Debate, Unanimous Vote For Coal Ash Bill In NC Senate Fact Check: Carcinogens In Rowan County Wells Overblown In Recent Reports http://wfae.org/post/fact-check-carcinogens-rowan-county-wells-overblown-recent-reports <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A story has been making the rounds this week about a Rowan County community called </span>Dukeville<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Environmentalists found toxic heavy metals in drinking water wells near Duke Energy’s retired Buck coal plant, suggesting contamination from coal ash. One metal found in all the wells has generated the most attention. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“A cancer-causing chemical, called </span>hexavalent<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> chromium,” </span>WCNC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reported.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chromium’s “most toxic form,” an Associated Press investigative story reads.</span></p><p>WFAE’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Ben Bradford joined All Things Considered host Mark </span>Rumsey<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to discuss problems with these reports.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:24:11 +0000 Ben Bradford 53292 at http://wfae.org Fact Check: Carcinogens In Rowan County Wells Overblown In Recent Reports NC Senate Considers Coal Ash As Regulators Find More Leaks http://wfae.org/post/nc-senate-considers-coal-ash-regulators-find-more-leaks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state has cited Duke for 11 leaks at the Riverbend, Allen, Marshall, Cliffside, and Buck plants. Bridget Munger, spokeswoman for the state Division of Dam Safety, says they range in size and significance.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:50:45 +0000 Ben Bradford 53061 at http://wfae.org NC Senate Considers Coal Ash As Regulators Find More Leaks Dan River Update: A Fraction Of Ash Removed http://wfae.org/post/dan-river-update-fraction-ash-removed <p>The Environmental Protection Agency announced it has struck an agreement with Duke Energy to clean up coal ash from the Dan River. The EPA has been overseeing the company’s response, since a storage pond failed at a Duke coal plant in February, spilling at least 30,000 tons of the waste into the river. But the agreement binds Duke to clean up ash as the EPA directs and to reimburse the agency for its costs. EPA officials say that comes to about $800,000 for the past three-plus months of clean-up.</p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 01:57:50 +0000 Ben Bradford 51515 at http://wfae.org Dan River Update: A Fraction Of Ash Removed Airport Or No, Duke Will Remove Riverbend Coal Ash http://wfae.org/post/airport-or-no-duke-will-remove-riverbend-coal-ash <p>Duke Energy officials confirm the company will remove coal ash at the Riverbend power plant above Mountain Island Lake, even though the company’s proposal to send the ash to Charlotte airport is encountering resistance.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 20:45:11 +0000 Ben Bradford 51242 at http://wfae.org Airport Or No, Duke Will Remove Riverbend Coal Ash It's Déjà Vu At Duke Shareholder Meeting http://wfae.org/post/its-d-j-vu-duke-shareholder-meeting <p>Duke Energy held its annual shareholder meeting Thursday. The meeting has developed into something of a tradition: environmental groups use it as a rare opportunity to face, question, and berate the CEO of one of America’s largest power companies. This year, with a new CEO at the helm and Duke under fire for its handling of coal ash, tensions ran higher than usual.</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 22:47:03 +0000 Ben Bradford 50130 at http://wfae.org It's Déjà Vu At Duke Shareholder Meeting New Coal Ash Proposal, Same As The Old One? http://wfae.org/post/new-coal-ash-proposal-same-old-one <p>Two weeks ago, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory released a plan, billed as a solution for the coal ash ponds leaking polluted water into rivers and lakes around North Carolina. But environmental groups are crying foul—because the governor’s proposal resembles a previous, widely-criticized agreement between the administration and Duke Energy, which was thrown out after a coal ash pond collapsed into the Dan River in February.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:08:49 +0000 Ben Bradford 49867 at http://wfae.org New Coal Ash Proposal, Same As The Old One? Duke Energy, State Officials Portray Coal Ash Removal As Lengthy, Costly http://wfae.org/post/duke-energy-state-officials-portray-coal-ash-removal-lengthy-costly <p>State regulators and Duke Energy officials poured cold water on proposals by environmental groups about what to do with more than 100 millions of tons of coal ash, describing total removal of the ash as lengthy and costly.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:25:43 +0000 Ben Bradford 49542 at http://wfae.org Duke Energy, State Officials Portray Coal Ash Removal As Lengthy, Costly McCrory Announces Plan To Address Coal Ash; Judge Says 'Now' http://wfae.org/post/mccrory-announces-plan-address-coal-ash-judge-says-now <p>Two big developments occurred Wednesday in an ongoing fight over how North Carolina utilities store the leftover byproduct of coal. Governor Pat McCrory released a plan of action to stop the current storage in unlined ponds from leaking into state waterways. Then, a judge decreed clean-up efforts to stop those leaks must begin immediately, even as Duke Energy and a state committee appeal.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:37:51 +0000 Ben Bradford 49134 at http://wfae.org McCrory Announces Plan To Address Coal Ash; Judge Says 'Now'