Coal Ash

Failing to identify obvious structural deficiencies in the Cape Fear dam, DENR also failed to disclose other potentially serious problems. Above, the crack in the dam, as well as a large bulge in the wall of the impoundment threatens to topple the discharge pipe.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy / Energy

Duke Energy says it will move coal ash in response to spill

RALEIGH, NC — “Duke Energy Corp said on Wednesday it will move coal ash from three plants and speed up the closure of an additional basin as the company comes under increased scrutiny after a massive spill in North Carolina contaminated a river used for drinking water. In a letter […]

When the rivers run black
Coal / Coal Ash

When the rivers run black

America’s largest industrial accident tore apart the town of Kingston, Tennessee. Five years later, has the industry learned anything? KINGSTON, TN — “The most toxic byproduct of coal-fired power isn’t carbon dioxide. It’s the residue that’s left over. When coal is burned in a plant, just like in a home, […]

A Google Earth image that the Sierra Club on Monday, saying it shows illegal coal-ash dumping into the Ohio River by Louisville Gas & Electric.
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

Kentucky coal-ash dumping tracked by hidden cameras

Environmental groups allege dumping is illegal, plan to sue company they say is responsible for ‘continuous’ discharge LOUISVILLE, KY — “The allegations against Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) are the latest in a series of controversies over coal-ash dumping. Last month, Duke Energy, the country’s largest electricity provider, spilled 35 million gallons of toxic coal-ash slurry […]

Coal ash pulled from the bottom of the Dan River near the site of the Duke Energy spill in Eden, N.C. (Photo courtesy of Dan River Basin Association)
Coal Ash / Duke Energy / Energy

Duke Energy would charge customers for moving coal ash in NC

CHARLOTTE, NC — “As public pressure builds to dig up coal ash from waste lagoons in North Carolina, Duke Energy is facing a big cleanup bill that the electric utility has been trying to dodge. Early indications suggest Duke’s cost could approach $1 billion, based on ash removal expenses in South […]

A vortex of coal ash swirls in the gray waters of the Dan River at Danville, Va. downstream from the Duke Energy Steam Station in Eden, NC. (John D. Simmons/Charlotte Observer/MCT)
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

Lack of coal-waste oversight is under fire after giant spill

WASHINGTON, DC — “A massive North Carolina coal waste spill into a major river is increasing pressure on the Obama administration to start policing the more than 1,000 such waste storage sites across the nation. The federal government doesn’t regulate the disposal of ‘coal ash,’ the dustlike material that’s left […]

Regulatory favoritism in North Carolina
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Regulatory favoritism in North Carolina

NEW YORK, NY — “North Carolina citizens have good reason to wonder just whom their environmental regulators are trying to protect. The state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources has engaged in a series of maneuvers that seem designed to protect the state’s largest utility, Duke Energy, from paying big […]

Diane Hofner, of Mayville, New York, put together this six-minute power point presentation for the EPA. She testified at hearings in Charlotte, NC, and Pittsburgh, PA, about the agency's draft plan to regulation coal ash and her own community's experience with the byproduct from burning coal to produce electricity.
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

A public with lots to tell EPA about coal ash

WASHINGTON, DC — “[Diane] Hofner, [Barbara] Reed, [James] McGrath and hundreds of other ordinary citizens showed up with props in hand in such locales as Denver, Dallas, and Chicago, to testify at a series of all-day hearings on a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to begin regulating the […]

A 'significant' coal slurry spill darkened Fields Creek in eastern Kanawha County Tuesday morning. photo: Kenny Kemp
Coal / Coal Ash

‘Significant’ coal slurry spill blackens Kanawha County creek

CHARLESTON, WV — “State officials were trying this morning to contain a ‘significant spill’ of coal slurry from a Patriot Coal processing facility in eastern Kanawha County. Emergency officials said that the spill had already blackened Fields Creek and was approaching spot where the creek empties into the Kanawha River […]

Kevin Siers, Charlotte Observer
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy / Energy

Where will the next one happen?

SANDERSVILLE, GA — “The Charlotte Observer reports that Duke Energy notified the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Sunday afternoon that one of their coal ash ponds at the Dan River Power Station was spilling coal ash waste and toxin contaminated water into the Dan River. The […]

Amy Adams, North Carolina campaign coordinator with Appalachian Voices, shows her hand covered with wet coal ash from the Dan River, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. 
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Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy / Energy

NC river turns to gray sludge after coal ash spill

ON THE DAN RIVER, N.C. — “On the riverbank, hundreds of workers at a Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina scrambled to plug a hole in a pipe at the bottom of a 27-acre pond where the toxic ash was stored. Since the leak was first discovered by a […]