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DENR reclassifies Sutton Lake, raises dam hazard level
Submitted by WWAY on Fri, 11/07/2014 - 3:38pm.

video State regulators have reclassified Sutton Lake in New Hanover County in a move that environmentalists hope means greater protection from possible pollution from a nearby power plant.

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NC orders Duke to redo coal ash monitoring plans
Submitted by WWAY on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 4:10pm.

videoNorth Carolina regulators have ordered Duke Energy to resubmit its proposal for assessing the extent of groundwater contamination leaking from 33 coal ash dumps across the state after deeming the company's current plans "inadequate."

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New committee meets to discuss plastic bags in Carolina Beach
Submitted by Taylor Yakowenko on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 8:16pm.

videoTonight was the first meeting of the Carolina Beach Plastic Bag Committee. The group was put in place by the town council to research the plastic bag problem in the area.

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Environmental groups want dam hazard ratings raised at Sutton Lake
Submitted by WWAY on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:30am.

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.

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NC moves to fine Duke over coal ash pollution near Wilmington
Submitted by Chris Brown on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:20pm.

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.

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NC lawmakers reach compromise on coal ash measure
Submitted by Makenzi Henderson on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:59pm.

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.

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NC wants stricter water limits for toxic metals
Submitted by WWAY on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 7:11am.

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.

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Senate bill pushes to close NC coal ash ponds
Submitted by Chris Brown on Mon, 06/16/2014 - 3:48pm.

videoThe North Carolina Senate is trying to push through legislation that will close all coal ash ponds in the state. The bill would also allow for clean-up of certain coal ash sites, including the Sutton Plant site right here in southeastern North Carolina. Environmental activists wonder if the bill goes far enough.

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Judge postpones hearing in coal ash lawsuit
Submitted by Makenzi Henderson on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 7:43pm.

A federal judge is postponing a hearing on a lawsuit filed by an environmental group claiming Duke Energy violated the Clean Water Act by allowing its coal ash pits to pollute a major Charlotte waterway.

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