Coal Ash

Local News
10:18 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

State Rethinks Duke Settlement After Coal Ash Spill

After last week’s coal ash spill, which poured at least tens of thousands of tons of the toxic byproduct of burnt coal into the Dan River, state regulators want to delay their own settlement with Duke Energy over its storage of ash at coal plants across North Carolina.

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Local News
11:08 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

Arsenic Levels In Dan River Were Over NC Standard

Scientists collect water samples from the Dan River following a coal ash spill from a retired Duke Energy plant.
Credit NC DENR

Officials continue to monitor water quality near the site of a coal ash spill from a retired Duke Energy plant on the Dan River in northern North Carolina. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen reports arsenic levels exceeded a state standard earlier this week.
 


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Local News
6:17 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Crews Plug Dan River Coal Ash Leak

Duke Energy workers installed a crane to clear a path to the broken pipe under an ash pond at the Dan River coal plant in Eden, N.C.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

**UPDATE 2/8/2014 10:30 a.m.**

As of Saturday morning, Duke Energy workers have installed a permanent plug at the end of the wastewater pipe. A company representative says the "concrete-like substance" is curing. To keep pressure off of the plug as it cures, wastewater is still being pumped from the pipe and back into the coal ash pond. Crews are still trying to reach the broken part of the pipe under the ash pond. When they do, they plan to fill the full length of the pipe with the same concrete-like material.

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Workers have temporarily stopped the flow of ash and water into the Dan River on the border of North Carolina and Virginia, and plan to permanently patch the leak overnight.


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Local News
6:22 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Dan River Test Results Start To Come In

Crews working to get to the broken stormwater pipe under a coal ash pond at Duke Energy's retired Dan River coal plant, February 6, 2014.
Credit Duke Energy

Water test results are starting to come in from the part of the Dan River affected by a coal ash spill at a retired Duke Energy plant on the border of North Carolina and Virginia. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports early results are in.


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WFAE Talks
2:29 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

WFAE Talks: Coal Ash, 3rd-Grade Reading Law Problems, The NC Supreme Court And A New Reporter

The ash pond at Duke Energy's now closed Dan River power plant.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

This week's edition of WFAE Talks has a newby. He's Money & Influence reporter Tom Bullock. Tom sat in for Ben Bradford, who was getting some sleep after a long and busy day of covering the Duke Energy coal ash spill on the Dan River. Tom, Lisa and Greg discuss the spill, the problems and  uncertainty over implementation of North Carolina's third-grade reading law, and high stakes in this year's state Supreme Court election.

WFAE Talks, recorded Thursday, Feb. 6.

Local News
7:36 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Day 5 Of Coal Ash Leak Into NC River

A contingent from Greenpeace led by N.C. State student Caroline Hartley returns from the site of the spill.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

A broken stormwater pipe from a retired Duke coal plant continues to leak ashy water into the Dan River on the border of North Carolina and Virginia. The pipe broke under an ash pond at the decommissioned Dan River coal plant, about 20 miles from Danville, Virginia. Duke workers are still trying to stem the flow and patch the leak.


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Local News
6:21 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Coal Ash Spills From Storage Pond At Duke Energy's Dan River Plant

The cracked wastewater pipe outflow at the Dan River.
Appalachian Voices

Engineers with Duke Energy are working to fix a broken drain pipe under a coal ash storage pond in northern North Carolina. As much as 10 percent of the coal ash in the pond may have spilled into the Dan River, just south of the Virginia state line. WFAE's Ben Bradford updates Morning Edition Host Kevin Kniestedt on the situation.


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Charlotte Observer
9:45 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Duke Energy Plant Reports Coal-Ash Spill

A vortex of coal ash swirls in the gray waters of the Dan River at Danville, Va. downstream from the Duke Energy Steam Station in Eden, NC.
Credit John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

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.

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Local News
9:56 am
Fri December 6, 2013

State Numbers Call Report Of Fish Deaths Into Question

Environmental groups released a report earlier this week that suggests a shuttered Duke Coal plant is seeping the chemical selenium into Sutton Lake, killing nearly a million blue gill per year. State numbers are not as clear cut about the fish’s health.


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Local News
10:13 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Study Claims Coal Ash Kills Almost 1M Fish In Sutton Lake

A picture of bluegill in Lemly's report. The report says the top bluegill's curved tail is abnormal, and indicative of deformities caused by selenium.
Credit Biological Assessment To Determine Impacts of Selenium Pollution From Coal Ash Wastewater Discharges on Fish Populations in Lake Sutton, NC / Southern Environmental Law Center

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.


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