Coal Ash

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
Coal / Coal Ash

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
AEP / Coal / Coal Ash

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.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

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
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

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 […]

Duke Energy engineers and contractors survey the site of a coal ash spill at the Dan River power plant in Eden, North Carolina, on February 5.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Reports show engineers warned Duke about pipe

GREENSBORO, NC — “Documents summoned Tuesday by a grand jury investigating the Dan River spill show that Duke Energy received clear warnings about its Eden-area coal ash basin decades before this winter’s calamity. The documents from the N.C. Utilities Commission include engineering reports from 1986 and 1992 that highlight potential […]

Duke Energy officially begins its clean up of the Dan River from the coal ash spill on Monday, May 12, 2014, in Danville, Va.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

New analysis says Duke can pay for ash cleanup without rate hikes

GREENSBORO, NC — “Duke Energy does not need to raise its customers’ power bills to clean up its coal-ash mess, a think tank in Cleveland, Ohio, reported today. ‘Duke Energy and its subsidiary, Duke Energy Carolinas, is well positioned to provide the needed financial resources to cover the estimated $2-10 […]

Gullies in the coal ash pond at the Duke Energy Dan River Steam Station show where coal ash flowed towards the Dan River beyond the far berm.(John D. Simmons/Charlotte Observer/MCT)
Coal / Coal Ash

Environmental groups file suit against LG&E over discharges from coal ash pond

LEXINGTON, KY — “Two environmental groups filed suit Wednesday in federal court against Louisville Gas & Electric for allegedly inappropriately dumping coal ash in the Ohio River on an almost daily basis. In its lawsuit, The Sierra Club and Earthjustice claim LG&E violated the Clean Water Act and a state […]

Duke Energy shareholders sue over coal ash spill
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Duke Energy shareholders sue over coal ash spill

MASSAPEQUA PARK, NY — “Two shareholders of Charlotte, NC-based Duke Energy have filed suit against the company, accusing it of negligence surrounding the February 2nd spill of about 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River, near Eden, NC, that created a polluted slick stretching some 70 miles. The […]

Duke Energy begins coal-ash dredging in Dan River
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Duke Energy begins coal-ash dredging in Dan River

DANVILLE, VA — “With the clatter of heavy machinery, the cleanup of the ash-laden Dan River will begin in earnest this week. The biggest ash deposit yet found in the Dan, following a Feb. 2 spill 25 miles upriver at Duke Energy’s Dan River power plant, lies on the bottom […]

One of the leaking ash ponds at the Asheville coal-fired power plant in North Carolina.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy / Energy

Letter from WNC pastors urges Duke to stop coal pollution

ASHEVILLE, NC – “Dozens of Western North Carolina pastors signed a letter asking Duke Energy to shut down its Asheville power plant and clean up coal ash dumps at its facilities across the state. The letter will be delivered by the Rev. Steve Runholt, pastor at Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church, […]