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The Allen plant in Belmont was one of the places Duke Energy used calcium bromide to help remove mercury from coal.  Bromide later was found in Charlotte's Water supply.
David Boraks / WFAE

Duke Energy has withdrawn a request for state permission to use an additive at its coal-fired power plants that caused problems two years ago with Charlotte's drinking water. Environmental groups had sued, and celebrated the move. Duke said its decision was unrelated to the challenge.

dan river coal ash cleanup
David Boraks / WFAE

Dozens of insurance companies say they're not obligated to help pay for Duke Energy Corp.'s multi-billion dollar coal ash cleanup because the nation's largest electric company long knew about but did nothing to reduce the threat of potentially toxic pollutants.

The proposed unit would add 400 megawatts of generating capacity at the plant near Denver.
Siemens

Duke Energy is asking state regulators for permission to expand its gas-fired turbine power plant in Lincoln County.  Duke says the project is needed to meet a growing demand for electricity during winter and summer months.  

Reedy Creek To Receive $7 Million Restoration

Jun 6, 2017
reedycreekrestoration.com

The Reedy Creek Nature Preserve in northeast Charlotte is set to receive a $7 million facelift – the largest restoration project Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services has ever done.

Gareth Rasberry / Wiki Commons

What’s 14 feet long, 500 pounds, and could be hunted for the first time in almost 45 years? Alligators. The Wildlife Resources Commission reports the alligator population is growing in southeastern North Carolina and is considering lifting a hunting ban on them as soon as September 2018. 

Duke Energy Solar farm near Elizabeth City NC
Duke Energy

A trade association representing energy organizations in the Carolinas say President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Accord will have little immediate effect on local energy companies.

A bicycle commuter on Commonwealth Avenue in Charlotte.
David Boraks / WFAE

Do you drive to and from work in the Charlotte area? Several local groups are promoting a bit of a competition this month called the Clean Commute Challenge. Charlotte Area Transit System, Sustain Charlotte and Charlotte Air Awareness are asking drivers to look for alternatives during the month of June.   

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Today marks the beginning of what’s predicted to be a busy hurricane season. Scott Sharp, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Raleigh, says it’s likely North Carolina will see another Hurricane Matthew-sized storm this year.

“Those two ingredients – a little less wind shear aloft and abundant warm water - will indicate that we will have a little bit more active season than we would normally have," says Sharp.

http://charlottenc.gov / City of Charlotte

Move over cankerworm. There’s a new pest on the block. The Emerald Ash Borer, known for killing ash trees, has arrived in Charlotte. First spotted in North Carolina in 2013, Assistant City Arborist Laurie Reid says it was only a matter of time before the beetle made its way to Mecklenburg and neighboring counties. 

Drawing shows design for the W.S. Lee Nuclear Plant in Cherokee County, S.C.
Westinghouse Electric Co./Duke Energy

North Carolina regulators want Duke Energy to account for what it has spent on a South Carolina nuclear power plant that is facing new doubts after the company that was supposed to supply the reactors filed for bankruptcy.

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