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State regulators say it is safe to use the athletic field at a Brunswick County school, even though coal ash was spread to elevate it more than 20 years ago.
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.
A team of academic researchers equipped with a drone estimate that about 35 million gallons of coal ash and contaminated wastewater spilled into the Dan River earlier this month.
Federal prosecutors have served North Carolina's environmental agency with 20 additional subpoenas seeking documents and ordering state employees to testify before a grand jury. The move is part of a broadening criminal investigation triggered by a massive coal ash spill into the Dan River.
North Carolina's top environmental official says he briefed Gov. Pat McCrory about a negotiated settlement with Duke Energy that would have fined the $50 billion corporation $99,000 to resolve violations for groundwater contamination leaching from two huge coal ash dumps.
A Duke Energy executive is apologizing for the company's massive coal ash spill that turned the Dan River cloudy for miles.
State and federal environmental officials are continuing their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the Dan River in Rockingham County.