Coal Ash

Local News
9:33 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Charlotte City Council Considers Coal Ash At CLT

Councilman Al Austin (right) listens to a presentation by Charah president Charles Price and chief operating officer Scott Sewell.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte’s city council took its first look Monday night at a proposal to convert the toxic leftovers of burnt coal into a building material at Charlotte Douglas airport.


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WFAE Talks
2:53 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

WFAE Talks Charter School Secrecy, Duke's Continuing Coal Ash Woes, CPCC's Federal Loan Decision

Welcome to the 10th edition of WFAE Talks, our weekly podcast in which WFAE News Director Greg Collard and reporters Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford discuss stories in the news and how they're covered. They also delve into general office banter.

This week, they discuss Duke Energy's continuing coal ash problems, an interpretation of state law that says charter schools don't have to reveal how much teachers are paid, and Central Piedmont Community College's decision to pull out of a federal loan program.


Local News
7:24 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

State: Duke Pumped Coal Ash Water Into Cape Fear Tributary

An environmental group, the Waterkeeper Alliance, took aerial photos of Duke Energy pumping water from an ash pond into a tributary of the Cape Fear River (bottom left).
Credit Waterkeeper Alliance

While a broken pipe was spilling at least 30,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River, Duke crews were pumping coal ash wastewater into another river—the Cape Fear. Environmental officials accuse Duke of violating its permit and hiding information from regulators. Environmental groups blame the regulators.


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Local News
7:54 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Coal Ash Could Help Airport, But Waste Ponds Have More Pollutants

A diagram of the coal ash and its encapsulation, as Duke and Charah are proposing at CLT.
Credit Charah

Duke Energy says it will remove the coal ash controversially stored on the banks of Mountain Island Lake. That has long been a goal of environmental groups. After that announcement, Duke quickly offered a proposal to the City of Charlotte: use the ash at Charlotte-Douglas airport, as fill for land, for new runways, taxiways, and other projects. That proposal from Duke could be a cheap option for an airport whose calling card is its low cost.

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Local News
7:03 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Duke Proposes Removing Coal Ash Stored Along Mountain Island Lake

Duke has proposed closing the Riverbend Steam Station's ash ponds and moving the ash to lined landfills.
Credit Duke Energy

Duke Energy has announced plans to close many coal ash ponds across the state, including at the Riverbend Steam Station on Mountain Island Lake, after at least 30,000 tons of the toxic byproduct from burning coal spilled into the Dan River last month. City officials say Duke and another company have proposed that the airport use the ash.

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Charlotte Observer
10:17 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Lawmakers Grilled On Response To Coal Ash Spill

We Love Mountain Island Lake organizer Sara Behnke discusses coal ash ponds at Duke’s decommissioned Riverbend plant.
Credit Jeff Wilhelm / Charlotte Observer

A community meeting on coal ash stored at Mountain Island Lake turned into a grilling Monday of state legislators over their response to Duke Energy’s spill on the Dan River last month.

The group We Love Mountain Island Lake hosted the panel discussion including environmental advocates, Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins, Gaston County Republican Rep. John Torbett and Mecklenburg Democrat Rep. Rodney Moore. About 75 people attended.

But as a line formed to ask questions, most were aimed at the two lawmakers. Their responses grew more pointed as the questions did.

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Sunday headlines
9:47 am
Sun March 9, 2014

Some May Not Get Power Back Until Wed.

Thousands of utility workers are in North Carolina this weekend, helping to restore electricity to about 191,000 customers still without power after Friday’s rain, wind and ice. But officials say it could be several more days until some people have their power back.

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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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