Coal-Ash

Duke Energy begins removing coal ash from its Riverbend plant near Charlotte on May 21, 2015 (Source: Duke Energy)
Duke begins removing coal ash from dump near Charlotte
Duke Energy has begun what will be the years-long process of digging up coal ash from its unlined dumps and North Carolina and removing it to safer storage. Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:58pm
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NC officials warn more near Duke ash pits not to drink water
North Carolina officials are warning more residents living near Duke Energy's coal ash pits that it's not safe to drink or cook with their well water. Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:36pm
A storm water pipe under an ash basin at the retired Dan River coal plant failed and released up to 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River on Feb. 2, 2014.
Prosecutor: No more charges expected in coal ash case
One of the federal prosecutors who supervised the criminal case over Duke Energy's coal ash pollution says he doesn't expect to file any additional charges in the case. Fri, 05/15/2015 - 2:08pm
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Duke pleads guilty in court to environmental crimes, agrees to pay $102 million in penalties
Duke Energy has pleaded guilty in federal court to environmental crimes and has agreed to pay $102 million in fines and restitution over years of illegal pollution leaking from coal-ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants. Thu, 05/14/2015 - 9:04am
Coal Ash stored at Duke Energy's Sutton Plant in New Hanover County.
Duke to host open house on coal ash four days after federal plea and sentencing
Duke Energy says it "wants to connect with neighbors about coal ash." So the company will host a community open house to discuss with the public its plans to deal with coal ash stored at the Sutton Plant off of US 421 north of Wilmington. Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:01pm
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Duke Energy proposes plan to keep coal ash in lined landfill at Sutton Plant
Duke Energy says a proposed plan will keep more than five million tons of coal ash at the Sutton Plant; about two million tons are still planning to be moved out of the area. Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:21am
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Residents near Duke ash dumps told not to drink well water
North Carolina officials are advising dozens of residents near Duke Energy coal ash dumps not to drink or cook with water from their wells after tests showed contamination with toxic heavy metals. Tue, 04/21/2015 - 5:54pm
Duke Energy increases contributions to GOP governors group
A campaign watchdog group says Duke Energy increased its contributions to the Republican Governors Association as the utility became mired in coal ash problems. Tue, 04/14/2015 - 1:40am
Duke Energy appeals $25M coal ash fine over issues at Wilmington plant
Duke Energy Corp. says a $25 million fine by North Carolina environmental regulators over coal ash pollution that has been seeping into groundwater for years is excessive and unnecessary. Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:03pm
Duke Energy to appeal $25.1M state fine for New Hanover pollution
Duke Energy says it will appeal a record $25.1 million fine recently imposed by state regulators for pollution in New Hanover County. Tue, 03/24/2015 - 6:45pm