Energy/Environment

Charlotte Observer
3:25 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Airport Seeks New Vendor To Run Troubled Worm Farm, Recycling Program

Red wrigglers eat waste at Charlotte Douglas airport.
Credit Julie Rose / WFAE File Photo

The worms at Charlotte Douglas International Airport could soon be under new management, as the airport seeks a new contractor to run its recycling program.

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Local News
9:18 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Four Things To Know About The House Coal Ash Bill

Credit Duke Energy

The question about what to do with coal ash around the state came to the North Carolina House floor last night. In a contentious three hour debate, Republican lawmakers defended controversial changes to the bill they received from the Senate and defeated more than a dozen amendments. As the bill nears becoming law, here are four things to know about the latest version.

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Local News
5:40 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

NC Renewable Energy, And Surcharges, Set To Rise

Credit Duke Energy/Flickr

Duke Energy reports it cost about $30 million to comply with North Carolina’s renewable energy requirement last year. As that requirement doubles next year, Duke is petitioning for an increase in rates.


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Local News
10:18 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Contentious Debate, Unanimous Vote For Coal Ash Bill In NC Senate

The retired Riverbend Steam Station contains four million tons of coal ash and lies on the bank of Mountain Island Lake, Charlotte's drinking water source. The plant is one of four specifically listed for closure in the Senate bill.
Credit Mark Rumsey / WFAE

The North Carolina Senate tentatively approved a bill last night that would determine what happens to the coal ash ponds at all 14 of Duke Energy’s coal plants in the state. The debate was far more rancorous than the final vote.


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Local News
10:34 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Fast-tracked, Bipartisan NC Bill Pushes Water Lawsuits Forward

Water flows from a kitchen faucet.
Credit Jenn Durfey / Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

A new North Carolina law could allow two water contamination lawsuits to go forward, after they were stymied by a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this month.


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Local News
8:24 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Fact Check: Carcinogens In Rowan County Wells Overblown In Recent Reports

Discolored water seeps up on private property near Duke Energy's retired Buck coal plant. Samples turned up high levels of coal ash constituents.
Credit Dot Griffith / Waterkeeper Alliance

A story has been making the rounds this week about a Rowan County community called Dukeville. Environmentalists found toxic heavy metals in drinking water wells near Duke Energy’s retired Buck coal plant, suggesting contamination from coal ash. One metal found in all the wells has generated the most attention.  

“A cancer-causing chemical, called hexavalent chromium,” WCNC reported.

Chromium’s “most toxic form,” an Associated Press investigative story reads.

WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey to discuss problems with these reports.


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Local News
5:50 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

NC Senate Considers Coal Ash As Regulators Find More Leaks

The Dan River coal ash pond spilled at least 30,000 tons of ash in February.
Credit Duke Energy

The state has cited Duke for 11 leaks at the Riverbend, Allen, Marshall, Cliffside, and Buck plants. Bridget Munger, spokeswoman for the state Division of Dam Safety, says they range in size and significance.


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Local News
9:09 am
Mon June 16, 2014

New Solar Projects Fall, Set To Rise, Probably Dip Again

Credit Mike Linksvayer / Flickr

North Carolina fell a bit in the most recent rankings of solar energy production across the nation but despite the dip, the solar landscape still looks strong, at least this year.


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Local News
9:26 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Huge Bill Cuts Environmental Regulations, Adds Beer

A haze camera run by Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environment Services.
Credit LUESA

About a month into this legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers are keeping up last year’s torrid pace. One bill currently making its way through contains dozens of changes to state laws from A to V. That’s Air Quality to Venomous Reptiles.

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Local News
9:24 am
Tue June 3, 2014

What New EPA Proposed Rule On Power Plant Emissions Means For NC

EPA

North Carolina will have to reduce its rate of carbon emissions from power plants 40 percent to comply with a rule the Environmental Protection Agency proposed Monday. That's among the larger reductions the EPA is calling for in its push to reduce emissions.

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