Coal Ash

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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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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