Coal Ash

In this Feb. 5, 2014 photo, coal ash swirls on the surface of the Dan River as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the river in Danville, Va. GERRY BROOME — AP
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EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. Environmentalists had pushed for the hazardous classification, citing the hundreds of cases nationwide in which coal ash waste […]

After years of delays, the EPA is moving to regulate coal ash, the leftover waste from coal furnaces that produce electricity.
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Dam breaks, tainted wells prompt new look at coal-ash dumps that escaped EPA review

CHESTER, WV — “When work began on a strange new reservoir in the hills outside this Ohio River town, local officials promoted the project as offering something for everyone: an aquatic playground for boaters and sunbathers, and for the local power plant, a dump. “Eventually, you may swim and fish […]

The spill at Dan River
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The spill at Dan River

Lesley Stahl reports on how Duke Energy is handling over 100 million tons of coal ash waste in North Carolina CHARLOTTE, NC — “Every year coal-burning power plants generate not only electricity, but a staggering amount of leftover coal ash that contains heavy metals unhealthy to humans. Yet due in […]

This town was named after a company residents say is slowly poisoning them
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This town was named after a company residents say is slowly poisoning them

DUKEVILLE, NC — “Today, most of the trees sticking out of the pond next to Sherry’s backyard are branchless and leafless, hacked off at the top like broken matchsticks. And the pond is actually a waste pit, storing six million tons of coal ash — a byproduct from coal-burning at […]

Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good. Abbi O’Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
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Few lessons taken from ash spills

EDEN, NC — “Duke’s splash into the Dan River was the nation’s third large ash spill in less than a decade. Like the Tennessee Valley Authority and Pennsylvania’s PPL, Duke repeated apologies, made community gifts and pledged to close its ash basins. Why, as evidence grew that ash ponds are problematic, […]

Duke Energy says it will close SC coal ash pits
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Duke Energy says it will close SC coal ash pits

COLUMBIA, SC — “Duke Energy told state regulators Tuesday it plans to remove coal ash from one of its South Carolina waste pits and close two more at a power station that environmentalists say threatens the Saluda River. Environmentalists said the plan was a good first step, but didn’t go […]

Virginia Dominion Power's Possum Point Power Station, near Dumfries, Va. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images) | Scott J. Ferrell via Getty Images
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Leaking Dominion Virginia Power coal ash ponds spur complaint

WASHINGTON, DC — “Three conservation groups accused Dominion Virginia Power Wednesday of illegally discharging coal ash waste into the Potomac River. Five coal ash ponds at Dominion’s Possum Point power plant, 30 miles south of Washington, ‘have been illegally leaking toxic pollutants for decades into groundwater and two popular waterways,’ the […]

Deserted houses are seen near the coal-fired power station, owned by American Electric Power Company, in Cheshire, Ohio. David Howells/Corbis
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Ohio workers suing AEP over coal waste

MASON COUNTY, WV — “Thirty-nine workers at an Ohio landfill and their family members who say they’ve been harmed by coal wastes from American Electric Power’s Gavin plant have filed suit, claiming the utility exposed them to a slew of toxic, potentially deadly chemicals. The suit, filed in Mason County […]

Duke Energy's W.C. Beckjord Station in New Richmond, Ohio.
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Duke Energy plant that spilled diesel into Ohio River written up by feds in the past

EPA had concerns before Monday night’s spill NEW RICHMOND — “The Duke Energy power plant that spilled thousands of gallons of diesel fuel into the Ohio River late Monday has been written up by federal agents in the past. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Coast Guard officials estimated about 5,000 […]

Cleanup of Dan River ash sparks backlash
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Cleanup of Dan River ash sparks backlash

CHARLOTTE, NC — “Most of the Duke Energy coal ash that spilled into the Dan River in February will stay there, creating a rift between regulators and river advocates over the cleanup. Duke said this week that contractors have finished dredging the largest of the deposits, 2,500 tons of ash […]