Duke Energy coal ash News

North Carolina Study Shows Coal Plants Might Be Even More Toxic Than First Thought

Scientists studying the aftermath of a massive coal-ash spill in North Carolina have discovered a byproduct of the fossil fuel that may pose human health risks. Duke Energy Corp. announced in early February 2014 that drainage from a broken pipe …

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 …

North Carolina Coal Ash Neighbors Balk at Duke Energy $5K ‘Goodwill’ Payment

Neighbors living near Duke Energy’s unlined coal ash pits around North Carolina are being offered payment of future water bills plus a $5,000 “goodwill” payment to households concerned their water wells could be polluted with heavy metals. The country’s largest …

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 Regulators Claim Duke Energy Coal Ash Pits Polluting Water

Duke Energy is violating state pollution laws because its coal ash pits are polluting nearby waterways, North Carolina environmental regulators said Friday. Fines are being considered. The state Division of Water Resources sent letters to the country’s largest electric company …

Judge Claims Regulators Not Enforcing Duke Coal Ash Clean-Up in North Carolina

North Carolina’s environmental watchdog agency has not been trying very hard to force Duke Energy to clean up toxic groundwater pollution near a coal-burning power plant where neighbors can’t drink their well water, a federal judge said. U.S. District Judge …

Duke Energy Reaches $7M Settlement in North Carolina Coal Ash Case

Duke Energy agreed Tuesday to pay North Carolina regulators $7 million to settle allegations of groundwater pollution at its coal ash pits and to perform accelerated cleanups costing millions of dollars at four sites. The agreement came as lawyers for …

North Carolina Judge OKs Duke Energy’s Coal-Ash Clean-up Plan

A judge on Monday rejected a bid by North Carolina’s environment agency to block Duke Energy from removing toxic coal ash from more plants than required under a new state law. Duke Energy has asked to add three power plants …

Environmental Groups Ask North Carolina Judge to Dismiss Part of Duke Energy Suit

A coalition of environmental groups is supporting Duke Energy’s effort to dismiss part of long-running lawsuit over pollution leaking from the company’s coal ash dumps. The Southern Environmental Law Center filed July 22 in support of Duke’s motion to a …