Coal Ash

Local News
9:17 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Judge Rules State Must Halt Duke Energy Ash Pond Leaks

An aerial view of the Dan River power plant, including an ash pond that spilled at least 30,000 tons of coal ash into the river.
Credit Duke Energy

A North Carolina judge has ruled that state environmental regulators must immediately stop groundwater contamination from coal ash ponds at all 14 of Duke Energy’s coal-fired power plants. The decision is a victory for environmental groups opposed to how Duke Energy stores the leftover byproduct from burnt coal at its power plants, but it does not resolve what will happen to the ash.

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Local News
7:47 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

State Cites Duke For Storm Water Run Off At Coal Plants

The Cliffside Steam Station in Rutherford County.
Credit Duke Energy

North Carolina regulators are cracking down on Duke Energy for allowing storm water to flow unauthorized from its coal plants into state rivers and lakes. Regulators have known about the runoff for years, but are taking action amidst allegations they have been too soft on Duke.


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Sunday Headlines
11:24 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Jury Convicts Boone Man In $25M Metals Scam

A Florida jury has convicted a North Carolina man of operating fraudulent precious metals investment businesses that fleeced investors of 25 million dollars. The jury found 54-year-old Arthur John Schlecht of Boone guilty Thursday of conspiracy and wire fraud charges. He faces a maximum 40-year prison sentence plus fines and restitution. Prosecutors say there were hundreds of victims. Four other defendants pleaded guilty. Schlecht's companies offered people the chance to invest in gold, silver, platinum and palladium bullion that would be stored in vaults for them.

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WFAE Talks
4:32 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

WFAE Talks Political Coverage (including our newsroom standards), Coal Ash Chronicles, Teacher Pay

This is episode #7 in our new podcast venture. Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss the North Carolina Supreme Court race and county requests (35) for exemptions to the state's early voting requirements. They also discuss WFAE's election coverage plans and some of the edicts Greg has given staff. Lisa explains what's happening in Raleigh regarding a new pay system for teachers, and Ben gives an update in the coal ash debate.

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Local News
5:22 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

NC Will Permanently Halt Coal Ash Discharges To Dan River

The primary coal ash pond at the Dan River plant, after a pipe broke, spilling 30,000 tons of coal and 27 million gallons of water into the river.
Credit USFWS/Southeast

State regulators announced today that they will not allow a coal ash pond on the bank of the Dan River to resume its normal operation, after at least 30,000 tons of the toxic leftovers from burning coal spilled into the river. 

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Local News
9:59 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Little Ash Removed From Dan River

Credit Appalachian Voices

Two weeks since Duke Energy crews plugged a broken stormwater pipe, stopping a leak of coal ash into the Dan River, little progress has been made on removing that ash from the river.

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WFAE Talks
12:03 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

WFAE Talks: Tension Builds Over Coal Ash, Reaction To A Cook's Firing, Lyft Expands

This week's topics (in addition to Alpacas): The tension between North Carolina water regulators and environmentalists over coal ash, reaction to news that a cook lost his job for an inappropriate comment to a customer who was Governor McCrory, and Lyft expands beyond Charlotte's center city and begins serving the airport.

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Charlotte Observer
10:13 am
Thu February 20, 2014

NC Regulators Defend Their Policing Of Duke Energy

The Dan River coal ash basin.
Credit Duke Energy

North Carolina’s top environmental regulator defended his oversight of Duke Energy Wednesday as a criminal probe of the Dan River ash spill sought answers from his staff.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Update On The Dan River Coal Ash Spill

The ash basin spilled at least 30,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River, after a stormwater pipe broke on February 2nd.
Credit Duke Energy

The recent coal ash spill at the Dan River Power Plant dumped approximately 40,000 tons of coal ash and 27 million gallons of contaminated water into the Dan River. Coal ash is both unregulated and NOT classified as a hazardous material. But it contains things like arsenic, cadmium and chromium. The river is a source of drinking water and of tourism business. But Duke says the drinking water is safe, while Danville residents say they’ve seen dead turtles on the banks of the river. So what’s really going on? How will the Dan River recover? And what consequences will Duke face? We examine all of these issues and more around the coal ash spill.

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Local News
11:17 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

New Revelations During State Coal Ash Hearing

A stormwater pipe poured coal ash into the Dan River on February 2nd, staining the river grey.
Credit Appalachian Voices

State lawmakers got their first official chance to review this month’s coal ash spill, which poured at least 30,000 tons of the toxic byproduct of burnt coal into the Dan River. Monday’s meeting of the General Assembly’s Environmental Review Commission revealed more about the spill response than the company or regulators had previously disclosed, including a fortuitous construction accident that helped stem the leak.


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