Mountain Island Lake http://wfae.org en Environmental Groups Join Coal Ash Lawsuit Against Duke Energy http://wfae.org/post/environmental-groups-join-coal-ash-lawsuit-against-duke-energy <p>A judge has allowed environmental groups to join a state lawsuit against Duke Energy over water pollution from coal plants. &nbsp;The judge granted the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, which will be represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, the ability to intervene in the case today, essentially making the organization a second plaintiff. In the lawsuit, the state accuses Duke of allowing coal ash ponds to leak contamination into groundwater, including at the G.G. Allen and Marshall Steam Stations in the Charlotte region.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:02:07 +0000 Ben Bradford 39492 at http://wfae.org State Board Rejects Call For Coal-Ash Clean Up http://wfae.org/post/state-board-rejects-call-coal-ash-clean <p>Duke and Progress Energy will not have to clean up seepages from fourteen coal ash ponds, according to a ruling from the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission.&nbsp; Several environmental groups including the Riverkeeper Foundation say the utilities are breaking state rules by not stopping their coal ash ponds from leaking into ground water.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Commission chairman Steve Smith says the vote was 9-to-2 in favor of Duke and Progress.</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 22:18:40 +0000 Lisa Miller 17290 at http://wfae.org Coal Ash Produces High Arsenic Levels In Mountain Island Lake, Study Finds http://wfae.org/post/coal-ash-produces-high-arsenic-levels-mountain-island-lake-study-finds <p>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.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>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.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:39:56 +0000 Lisa Miller 13937 at http://wfae.org