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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 […]

The coal ash pond at Duke Energy’s Skyland plant in Asheville. (Photo: Citizen-Times file photo )
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Duke ordered to test near homes for coal chemicals

ASHEVILLE, NC — “North Carolina’s environmental agency has ordered Duke Energy to install monitoring wells in a residential neighborhood outside Asheville to determine whether toxic chemicals from the company’s coal ash pits are contaminating homeowners’ drinking water. During tests at five homes last fall, traces of thallium were detected in […]

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.
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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.
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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 […]

Duke Energy shareholders sue over coal ash spill
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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
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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.
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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, […]

Coal ash is shown in settling ponds at Duke Energy’s Riverbend power plant on Mountain Island Lake. JEFF WILLHELM — jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
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Removing coal ash from all 14 Duke Energy sites could cost $10 billion

CHARLOTTE, NC — “Duke Energy’s top North Carolina executive told state lawmakers Tuesday that digging up coal ash from disposal sites across the state and trucking the industrial waste to modern landfills, as critics are demanding, could cost as much as $10 billion. A cheaper option, which leaves the coal […]

Terry Shelton, director of environmental services for Eden, explains the treatment process at Eden’s drinking-water plant. Photo: Gabe Rivin
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Coal waste may cause carcinogen spikes in drinking water

An investigation by North Carolina Health News finds water-quality issues from coal waste in municipalities near a Duke Energy coal plant outside of Eden. EDEN, NC — “[Terry] Shelton is the director of environmental services for the city of Eden, in Rockingham County, which draws its drinking water from the […]

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.
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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 […]