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North Carolina regulators have found higher than normal levels of metals in groundwater near all 14 of the state's coal-fired power plants run by Duke Energy and Progress Energy.
Progress Energy and Duke Energy have set July as their new deadline for completing their merger creating the country's largest electric utility.
North Carolina's attorney general is taking a stand against Duke Energy's proposed electricity rate increase.
The merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy to form the country's largest electric company is not getting the approval needed by federal regulators.
North Carolina utilities regulators are opening hearings into whether Duke Energy should be allowed to raise electricity rates by more than 7 percent. The North Carolina Utilities Commission begins hearings Monday on Duke Energy's request for a 7.2 percent rate increase.
Duke Energy has agreed to a 7.2 percent rate increase for its customers in North Carolina, cutting its initial proposal in half.
Duke Energy and Progress Energy have asked federal regulators to take another look at their merger proposal.
Executives of Duke Energy and Progress Energy say they'll need only about two weeks to address federal regulators' concerns that their merger will too heavily concentrate the Carolinas electric power market.
Critics are telling North Carolina regulators they should only allow Duke Energy and Progress Energy to merge and become the largest electric utility in the country if they also make revolutionary changes in how they operate.