A federal rule to lower mercury, arsenic, lead, and other potentially toxic heavy metals from power plants lies in limbo after a Supreme Court decision Monday. But in the Carolinas, the practical effect will be minimal.
The Sierra Club has accused Duke Energy of allowing unsafe levels of sulfur into the air in Asheville. A study by the group shows Duke's Asheville coal plant exceeds federal limits. Duke says it's complying with all standards. Both could be right, because of a dispute between states and the federal government.
Duke Energy said Monday that 50,000 to 82,000 tons of coal ash and up to 27 million gallons of water were released from a pond at its retired power plant in Eden into the Dan River, and were still flowing.
A new report funded by environmental organizations finds the chemical selenium kills nearly a million fish a year in a popular sport-fishing lake near Wilmington. The organizations blame a nearby Duke Energy coal plant. Duke says it is just another attack from groups with an anti-coal agenda.