Articles by Emery P. Dalesio

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 …

North Carolina Supreme Court Rules Law Violates Rights of Veteran Teachers

North Carolina’s Supreme Court says state lawmakers violated the constitutional rights of veteran teachers by taking away job protections they’d already earned. The state’s high court ruled unanimously April 15 that the General Assembly can’t retroactively repeal the job protections …

U.S. Justice Dept. to North Carolina: LGBT Law Violates Federal Civil Rights Act

A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can’t be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds …

North Carolina-Based Duke Energy to Turn Pig Poop Into Power

Duke Energy Corp. announced plans to expand its renewable energy from livestock waste, adding poop power to investments the country’s largest electric company has made in whirring wind turbines and acres of solar arrays. The Charlotte-based utility said it contracted …

Roundabouts Reduce Accidents, Injuries in South Carolina

More traffic circles are being built in South Carolina and figures from the state Department of Transportation show they help reduce the number of accidents and injuries at intersections. The Independent Mail of Anderson reports that 15 traffic circles have …