Violations issued against Duke for coal ash spill

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Submitted: Sat, 03/01/2014 - 3:54am
Updated: Sat, 03/01/2014 - 3:55am

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina regulators have issued notice to Duke Energy that the company will be cited for environmental violations related to a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge.

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Friday that the two notices relate to separate violations of wastewater and storm-water regulations. The agency could levy fines against Duke for the violations, but the amount has not yet been determined.

The spill began Feb. 2 when an old pipe under a 27-acre coal ash dump at a Duke power plant in Eden collapsed. It took the company nearly a week to fully plug the leak. Public health officials have advised people to avoid contact with the river water and to not eat fish.

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  • Vog46 says:

    story. With McSmirkey working for Duke prior to becoming Governor and having a pro business person heading up the Environmental agency my guess would be the penalties amount to a slap on the wrist.
    The FEDs are investigating and have issued many subpoenas for information.

    Now, these problems don just “happen” overnight. Degredation of pipes, poor design of coal as lagoons and other things were probably evident during Smiley’s admin and before.
    But the spill happened, and McSmirkey is in charge – the buck stops at his desk………
    I hope that they take a good hard look at this and all coal ash storage depots and hit Duke hard for this disaster…….


  • Vog46 says:

    First let me say this – these spills just don’t happen overnight unless caused by mother nature. These coal ash lagoons were around in Smiley’s Admin and prior. Inspections were, and remain, apparently lax.
    That said – McSmirky is in charge and the buck stops at his desk. It stinks to be in charge at times and this is one of them.
    As we all know McSmirky worked for Duke Energy and when Svarna at DEHNR was in private industry I think he had Duke for a client.

    We now have the FEDs issuing subpoena’s for records from DEHNR et al regarding this coal ash spill.

    And now we’re about ready to fine them? Gee will it be a slap on the wrist? Or will it be substantial enough to deter future spills? Is the Administration going to protect the environment or corporate interests?

    Is it break out the popcorn time?


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