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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A campaign watchdog group says Duke Energy increased its contributions to the Republican Governors Association as the utility became mired in coal ash problems.
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.
Duke Energy says it will appeal a record $25.1 million fine recently imposed by state regulators for pollution in New Hanover County.