Coal Ash http://wfae.org en 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' Regulators, Duke, Environmentalists In 3-Way Fight Over Coal Ash http://wfae.org/post/regulators-duke-environmentalists-3-way-fight-over-coal-ash <p>The failure of a Duke Energy coal ash pond two months ago not only spilled at least 30,000 tons of the waste into the Dan River, it spurred new scrutiny of how Duke handles the waste, what chemicals are flowing into North Carolina waters, and how the state oversees all of it. It has led to numerous revelations about leaks or cracks in other ponds, wastewater pumped into rivers, lawsuits, and federal investigations. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to discuss the latest.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:52:00 +0000 Ben Bradford & Kevin Kniestedt 48582 at http://wfae.org Regulators, Duke, Environmentalists In 3-Way Fight Over Coal Ash Duke Pushes Back Against State Environment Officials http://wfae.org/post/duke-pushes-back-against-state-environment-officials <p>Duke Energy is denying accusations by regulators that it allows contaminated storm water to run unauthorized from its coal plants. It’s the first major pushback from Duke against state regulators after the Dan River spill—but not the last, the company says.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:02:18 +0000 Ben Bradford 47879 at http://wfae.org Duke Pushes Back Against State Environment Officials Charlotte City Council Considers Coal Ash At CLT http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-city-council-considers-coal-ash-clt <p>Charlotte’s city council took its first look Monday night at a proposal to convert the toxic leftovers of burnt coal into a building material at Charlotte Douglas airport.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:33:20 +0000 Ben Bradford 47621 at http://wfae.org Charlotte City Council Considers Coal Ash At CLT WFAE Talks Charter School Secrecy, Duke's Continuing Coal Ash Woes, CPCC's Federal Loan Decision http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-charter-school-secrecy-dukes-continuing-coal-ash-woes-cpccs-federal-loan-decision <p>Welcome to the 10<sup>th</sup> edition of WFAE Talks, our weekly podcast in which WFAE News Director Greg Collard and reporters Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford discuss stories in the news and how they're covered. They also delve into general office banter.</p><p>This week, they discuss Duke Energy's continuing coal ash problems, an interpretation of state law that says charter schools don't have to reveal how much teachers are paid, and Central Piedmont Community College's decision to pull out of a federal loan program.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:53:08 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Ben Bradford 47432 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks Charter School Secrecy, Duke's Continuing Coal Ash Woes, CPCC's Federal Loan Decision State: Duke Pumped Coal Ash Water Into Cape Fear Tributary http://wfae.org/post/state-duke-pumped-coal-ash-water-cape-fear-tributary <p>While a broken pipe was spilling at least 30,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River, Duke crews were pumping coal ash wastewater into another river—the Cape Fear. Environmental officials accuse Duke of violating its permit and hiding information from regulators. Environmental groups blame the regulators.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:24:25 +0000 Ben Bradford 47386 at http://wfae.org State: Duke Pumped Coal Ash Water Into Cape Fear Tributary Coal Ash Could Help Airport, But Waste Ponds Have More Pollutants http://wfae.org/post/coal-ash-could-help-airport-waste-ponds-have-more-pollutants <p>Duke Energy says it will remove the coal ash controversially stored on the banks of Mountain Island Lake. That has long been a goal of environmental groups. After that announcement, Duke quickly offered a proposal to the City of Charlotte: use the ash at Charlotte-Douglas airport, as fill for land, for new runways, taxiways, and other projects. That proposal from Duke could be a cheap option for an airport whose calling card is its low cost.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:54:45 +0000 Ben Bradford 46980 at http://wfae.org Coal Ash Could Help Airport, But Waste Ponds Have More Pollutants Duke Proposes Removing Coal Ash Stored Along Mountain Island Lake http://wfae.org/post/duke-proposes-removing-coal-ash-stored-along-mountain-island-lake <p>Duke Energy has announced plans to close many coal ash ponds across the state, including at the Riverbend Steam Station on Mountain Island Lake, after at least 30,000 tons of the toxic byproduct from burning coal spilled into the Dan River last month. City officials say Duke and another company have proposed that the airport use the ash.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:03:58 +0000 Ben Bradford 46904 at http://wfae.org Duke Proposes Removing Coal Ash Stored Along Mountain Island Lake Lawmakers Grilled On Response To Coal Ash Spill http://wfae.org/post/lawmakers-grilled-response-coal-ash-spill <p>A community meeting on coal ash stored at Mountain Island Lake turned into a grilling Monday of state legislators over their response to Duke Energy’s spill on the Dan River last month.</p><p>The group We Love Mountain Island Lake hosted the panel discussion including environmental advocates, Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins, Gaston County Republican Rep. John Torbett and Mecklenburg Democrat Rep. Rodney Moore. About 75 people attended.</p><p>But as a line formed to ask questions, most were aimed at the two lawmakers. Their responses grew more pointed as the questions did.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:17:15 +0000 Bruce Henderson 46682 at http://wfae.org Lawmakers Grilled On Response To Coal Ash Spill Some May Not Get Power Back Until Wed. http://wfae.org/post/some-may-not-get-power-back-until-wed <p>Thousands of utility workers are in North Carolina this weekend, helping to restore electricity to about 191,000 customers still without power after Friday’s rain, wind and ice. But officials say it could be several more days until some people have their power back.</p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 13:47:14 +0000 David Boraks 46560 at http://wfae.org