Coal Ash

Sun. Headlines: Duke Docks CEO's Pay

Mar 29, 2015

Duke Energy's CEO is paying a price for a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of North Carolina’s Dan River in toxic sludge.   An annual statement released ahead of the Charlotte company's May shareholder meeting says Chief Executive Lynn Good's $8.3 million compensation in 20-14 was cut by about $600,000. Duke’s chief financial officer and three other executives saw similar 35 percent reductions in compensation tied to annual performance.

Alexia Gyorody / WFAE

The commission overseeing North Carolina’s clean-up of coal ash around the state has canceled its upcoming meeting, because of a court decision that has called the group’s legitimacy into question.

State Charges Duke Energy Record Fine Over Coal Ash

Mar 11, 2015
Duke Energy

North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources has issued the largest fine in its history, against Duke Energy. The agency fined Duke $25 million for pollution from coal ash at its Sutton Lake coal plant, near Wilmington.

Sun. Headlines: CIAA Comes To Town

Feb 22, 2015

The CIAA college basketball tournament will bring thousands of fans to Charlotte this week for parties, career networking, concerts and basketball. Play begins at Time Warner Cable Arena on Tuesday and continues through Saturday, when the men’s and women’s titles will be decided.

Duke And Feds To Settle About Coal Ash Spill

Feb 20, 2015
Appalachian Voices

Federal prosecutors announced Friday evening they filed criminal charges against Duke Energy over last year’s massive coal ash spill into the Dan River. Minutes before that, Duke Energy announced the two parties had reached a settlement. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Weekend Edition host Duncan McFadyen to explain the ramifications.

Duke Energy saw earnings fall last year, and it expects lower earnings than analysts have projected next year. Still, many on the company’s earnings call Wednesday were upbeat.

Senate To Vote To Fix Coal Ash "Glitch"

Feb 4, 2015

The North Carolina Senate is moving to fix a problem with the state’s new Coal Ash Management Commission. Lawmakers created the commission last year to oversee clean-up and closure of Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds around the state, but an error in the bill has left the commission short on funds.

Three months after its first meeting, the Coal Ash Management Commission still doesn’t have the funds to hire half of its five-member staff, because of what commission chairman Michael Jacobs calls a “glitch” in the law.

While North Carolina is ramping up to close coal ash ponds around the state, removal is already underway in South Carolina, and—at one site—ahead of schedule.

South Carolina electric utility Santee Cooper entered a settlement with environmental groups in 2013, to get its coal ash—which can contain arsenic and lead—out of storage ponds near public waters.

New federal rules are out governing disposal of coal ash, but environmentalists aren’t too happy.  They’ve been calling for stricter controls for years on the ash, which is the byproduct of burning coal for electricity. The government acted after a series of spills: Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, another spill and gray sludge spewed into North Carolina’s Dan River. Environmentalists wanted coal ash to be treated as hazardous waste.

Coal Ash Update

Nov 18, 2014
Appalachian Voices

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 

Coal ash is controversial and so is the North Carolina Coal Ash Commission. That body was sworn in last Friday, and in regards to who will pay for cleaning up Duke’s coal ash ponds, Chairman Michael Jacobs says everyone who uses power will share the expense. Meanwhile, Governor McCrory has joined two of his predecessors in suing the legislature over the makeup of the commission, and the state’s environmental watchdog has called Duke’s clean up protocols “inadequate.” We catch up on coal ash when Charlotte Talks.