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Coal Ash

Environmental groups want dam hazard ratings raised at Sutton Lake

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videoEnvironmental groups have asked state regulators to raise the dam hazard ratings for the coal ash dams at Duke Energy's L.V. Sutton Plant in New Hanover County. Full story...
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Feds override NC on draining coal ash dumps

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Federal environmental officials spurred North Carolina regulators to reverse course on a policy allowing Duke Energy to drain massive amounts of polluted wastewater from its coal ash dumps directly into the state's rivers and lakes. Full story...
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Changes in more than 20 NC laws begin Wednesday

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New North Carolina laws involving coal ash, specialty license plates and the regulation of alcoholic beverages are being implemented starting in October. All or portions of more than 20 pieces of legislation approved by the General Assembly take effect beginning Wednesday. Full story...
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McCrory makes picks to coal ash panel he opposes

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Gov. Pat McCrory has made three appointments to the new Coal Ash Management Commission formed to decide how much industrial waste Duke Energy is required to clean up from its 33 unlined dumps across North Carolina. McCrory opposed the legislature's creation of the nine-member panel, which he says violates the state constitution by removing control of the ash cleanup from his administration. Full story...
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McCrory to let NC coal ash regulation become law

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he won't sign new regulations on Duke Energy's toxic coal ash pits that he's suggested include an unconstitutional provision. McCrory said in a statement Tuesday he'll allow the legislation to become law next week without his approval. Full story...
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NC moves to fine Duke over coal ash pollution near Wilmington

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videoDuke Energy is feeling the heat from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The agency sent a letter to Duke today saying the company must start addressing groundwater contamination issues from the Sutton steam plant. Full story...
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McCrory: Coal ash commission violates constitution

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Gov. Pat McCrory says he will likely sign a coal ash cleanup bill approved last week by the North Carolina Legislature into law, even though he suggested a key provision violates the state Constitution. Full story...
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NC legislators approve regulating toxic coal ash

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North Carolina lawmakers have approved legislation they say makes the state the nation's first to address decades of toxic water pollution from residue left behind by coal-burning electricity plants. Full story...
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NC lawmakers reach compromise on coal ash measure

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State House and Senate leaders say lawmakers have reached a compromise on legislation that would make Duke Energy curb pollution from its 33 coal ash dumps across North Carolina. Full story...
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DENR issues directive to clean up coal ash

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videoNorth Carolina's environmental agency is asking Duke Energy to submit plans for moving coal ash from four of its waste pits. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources also issued Duke a directive Wednesday to increase drinking water testing at the company's ash dumps. Full story...
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McCrory orders that laws be enforced on coal ash

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Gov. Pat McCrory has issued an executive order directing North Carolina's environmental agency to enforce all applicable laws to try to force Duke Energy to clean up its coal ash dumps. Full story...
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Health agency says it's OK to use Dan River

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North Carolina's public health agency is recommending lifting a recreational water advisory for a river that was polluted by a massive coal ash spill in February. The Department of Health and Human Services recommendation Tuesday comes a week after federal environmental officials said Duke Energy has completed removal of large pockets of coal ash from the Dan River. Full story...
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Charlotte, Duke, consider airport coal ash plan

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Charlotte officials and Duke Energy are still considering Charlotte Douglas International Airport as a site for millions of tons of coal ash now at Mountain Island Lake. Full story...
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EPA: Duke done dredging coal ash from NC river

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Federal environmental officials say Duke Energy has completed removal of large pockets of coal ash from the Dan River following a massive spill at a North Carolina power plant. Full story...
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NC wants stricter water limits for toxic metals

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After years of delays, North Carolina regulators are moving to strengthen state water-quality standards to include tougher limits on toxic metals like those at issue following the recent coal ash spill into the Dan River. Full story...
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