Coal Ash

Energy & Environment
7:27 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Most Duke Plants Ready For EPA Mercury Rule Anyway

Pipes inside the Marshall Steam Station carry coal, water, and steam. Marshall is one of two coal plants in the state that would not comply with the EPA's mercury rule, which the Supreme Court remanded to a lower court.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

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.

Read more
Energy & Environment
12:06 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Duke Proposes Moving More Coal Ash

A contractor loads coal ash into a truck at the Riverbend coal plant in Mt. Holly.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

At the Riverbend coal plant near Charlotte, a front end loader shovels a load of coal ash and drops it into the bed of a truck, which will haul the ash to a landfill in Georgia. Riverbend is one of four coal plants where Duke and state lawmakers committed to removing all the ash from ponds where it’s stored. Heavy metals, like arsenic, can seep from the ash into groundwater.

Read more
Energy & Environment
9:36 am
Mon June 22, 2015

The Industry That Wants More Coal Ash

A cement truck sits in front of the mixing plant at Concrete Supply Co. in Charlotte.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Since a spill polluted the Dan River early last year, coal ash has become an environmental head ache for Duke Energy. But while Duke, state regulators, and environmental groups struggle with how to safely store or bury more than 100 million tons of the waste, other industries don’t look at coal ash as waste—it’s a commodity, and they want more.

Read more
Energy & Environment
2:12 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Duke To Pay Chatham County For Coal Ash Storage

A graphic from Duke's environmental contractor, Charah, shows how the company wraps coal ash and uses it as fill.
Credit Charah

Duke Energy and Chatham County have resolved a dispute over the transfer of coal ash.

Read more
Energy & Environment
1:14 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Duke Pleads Guilty To Coal Ash Misconduct

Most of the water, and at least 30,000 tons of ash spilled out of this storage pond at Duke Energy's Dan River plant, leaving deep furrows in the remaining ash.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Duke Energy has pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges for its handling of coal ash, which led to last year’s Dan River spill and violated the Clean Water Act around the state.

Read more
Energy & Environment
6:19 am
Wed May 6, 2015

NC Health Dept. Cautions Against Drinking From Wells Near Coal Ash

After a battery of tests on private drinking water wells near coal ash ponds around North Carolina, health officials have cautioned many residents against drinking from those wells. But officials are hesitant to draw a link between contaminants in the wells and the nearby coal ash ponds.

Read more
Energy & Environment
2:14 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Duke Feels The Effect Of Weather In Earnings

Duke's stock price as of 1:18 p.m. Friday.
Credit Google

Cold weather helped and drought hurt Duke Energy’s earnings this quarter. The company announced its results today, which included the effects of its settlement with federal prosecutors and a changing customer base.

Read more
Energy & Environment
5:29 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Drinking Wells Show Coal Ash Contaminants

Eighty-seven homes near Duke Energy coal ash ponds around North Carolina have well-water contaminated with heavy metals, according to state environmental regulators. 

Read more
Local News
9:22 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Sun. Headlines: Gov. Won't Sign Coal Ash Bill

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has refused to sign a bill that includes funding for a commission overseeing the cleanup of coal ash dumps. The governor said a three-judge panel sided with him in declaring the commission unconstitutional. But the spending bill still becomes law Sunday without his signature.   McCrory's office said he supports most of the bill but can't endorse it because of the provision that funds a commission legally barred from taking any official action.

Read more
8:30 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Duke Energy Execs Have Bonuses Cut After Coal Ash Spill

Duke Energy will dock its top executives 35% of bonus pay after coal ash spill
Credit Courtesy of Duke Energy

The 2014 bonuses for five of Duke Energy’s top executives were cut by 35 percent. This is response, the company says, to last year’s coal ash spill into the Dan River. 

Read more