Articles by Emery P. Dalesio

North Carolina Passes Law Limiting Nuisance Lawsuits Against Hog Farmers

North Carolina lawmakers decided Thursday that hog and poultry operations should get added protection from lawsuits by neighbors complaining that swarms of flies and the intense stink of animal waste create a nuisance. The Republican-dominated state House gave final approval …

Duke Energy Sues 30 Insurers Over Coal Ash Cleanup Costs in Carolinas

The largest U.S. electric company sued 30 international and domestic insurance companies last month, saying they should cover part of the utility’s multibillion-dollar cleanup costs in the Carolinas for toxic byproducts left from decades of burning coal to generate power. …

Duke Energy Sues 30 Insurers Over Carolinas Coal Ash Cleanup Costs

The largest U.S. electric company sued 30 international and domestic insurance companies Wednesday, saying they should cover part of the utility’s multibillion-dollar cleanup costs in the Carolinas for toxic byproducts left from decades of burning coal to generate power. Charlotte-based …

Residents of 10 Buildings in North Carolina Capital City Displaced by Massive Fire

Residents of downtown Raleigh, N.C., were allowed pick up belongings Saturday at dwellings near where a massive fire broke out. Raleigh Fire Chief John McGrath said crews were escorting residents back to where they lived, but that it could take …

North Carolina Coal Ash Pit Neighbors Told to Waive Claims to be Compensated

Neighbors living near Duke Energy Corp’s coal ash pits in North Carolina are being told they have to give up the option of suing over any future water problems if they want extra compensation from the utility. The country’s largest …

Appeals Court: Charter School Firm Can’t Sue North Carolina School Official for Libel

A company running a string of taxpayer-funded charter schools and its founder can’t sue a former North Carolina local school superintendent for libel after he criticized plans for a competing school, the state Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 17 Former …

Cancer-Causing Metal Near Wells Tied to Volcanic Soil More Than Coal Ash: Study

A cancer-causing heavy metal found in water wells near coal ash pits and other industrial sites is much more widespread and naturally occurring than previously thought, university researchers said Wednesday. The presence of hexavalent chromium is more related to volcanic …

Duke Energy to Pay $6M for North Carolina Chemical Plant Spill

Duke Energy Corp. has agreed to pay a $6 million fine for a big spill that coated the Dan River with liquefied coal ash in 2014, North Carolina’s environment agency said Friday. The fine holds Duke Energy accountable for violations …

North Carolina Court Upholds Commissioner’s 25% Rate Increase Rejection

North Carolina’s insurance commissioner had plenty of justification to reject a 2014 request by insurers to raise homeowners’ premiums by an average of 25 percent, the state Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 2. Instead, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin imposed a …

Court Upholds 25% Rate Increase Rejection for North Carolina Homeowners

North Carolina’s insurance commissioner had plenty of justification to reject a 2014 request by insurers to raise homeowners’ premiums by an average of 25 percent, the state Court of Appeals ruled August 2. Instead, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin imposed a …