Coal Ash

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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Local News
6:27 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Fallout Continues From 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

While the frightful weather took a lot of attention this week in Charlotte, up north the fallout continued from a coal ash spill into the Dan River. A broken pipe in a Duke Energy ash pond poured over 30,000 tons of coal ash into the river, until crews plugged it a week ago.This week another pipe failed, releasing wastewater; the justice department began investigating the spill; and environmental groups now say they have found another, unrelated leak from the storage pond that holds the coal ash. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined All Things Considered host Marshall Terry to discuss the latest.


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WFAE Talks
3:36 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

WFAE Talks: Snow, Snowpocalypse Reporting, And The Feds' Interest In DENR

WFAE News staff was busy covering the week's snow and ice storm, so naturally it's a topic of discussion for Greg, Lisa and Brad - er, Ben (listen to the podcast and you'll understand). The trio also discusses the federal investigation of North Carolina's Department of Natural Resources over its reaction to Duke Energy's coal ash spill on the Dan River.


Local News
2:26 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

New Duke Estimate Shows Less Ash Spilled Into Dan River

Workers in yellow jackets work to seal the broken pipe at the Dan River coal plant last week.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

A revised estimate shows less coal ash than previously thought leaked into the Dan River during a spill last week. Duke Energy now says less than 40,000 tons spilled into the river.

When that stormwater pipe burst ten days ago under a Duke Energy ash pond, the company estimated up to 82,000 tons of ash had spilled into the river, or about 8 percent of the entire pond. Water and ash continued to leak throughout the week as crews worked to plug the pipe. Regulators and Duke promised an updated number once the leak was sealed, which occurred early Saturday morning.

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