North Carolina coal ash News

North Carolina Lawmakers Approve Law Regulating Duke’s Coal Ash Dumps

State House and Senate leaders said this week that they have reached a compromise on legislation to make Duke Energy curb pollution from its 33 coal ash dumps across North Carolina. House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Phil Berger …

Duke Energy Balks at Coal Ash Site Closure Deadline

Duke Energy is expressing concern about proposed legislation requiring the closure of all of its North Carolina coal ash dumps by 2029, a deadline the company says is about half the time it will need. The bill backed by Republican …

North Carolina Bill Would Force Duke to Close Coal Ash Sites Over 15 Years

A bill backed by key North Carolina lawmakers would require Duke Energy to close all of its coal ash dumps across the state within 15 years, with much of the toxic material going into lined landfills. The Associated Press obtained …

Citizens Near North Carolina Coal Ash Sites Fear Health Effects

The sweet tea served in the tidy kitchen of Joanne Thomas’ antebellum home in Dukeville, North Carolina, comes with an ominous warning. “It’s made with bottled water,” says Thomas, a spry 71-year-old. “But the ice comes from our well.” For …

Judge Allows Coal Ash Suit Against Duke Energy in North Carolina

A federal judge says a lawsuit accusing Duke Energy coal ash pits of polluting a lake near Wilmington can move forward. The Southern Environmental Law Center filed a lawsuit last year on behalf of environmental groups, saying the toxic waste …

Shareholders Sue Duke Energy Over North Carolina Coal Ash Liability

Duke Energy Corp. shareholders accused the board of exposing the company to billions of dollars in liability by failing to clean up coal-ash ponds in North Carolina, setting up another legal challenge for the largest U.S. utility owner after a …

Duke Puts $10B Pricetag on North Carolina Coal-Ash Cleanup

Duke Energy Corp. said the total tab for cleaning up its North Carolina coal-ash dumps may reach $10 billion amid a call for national rules to regulate the disposal of the fossil-fuel byproduct. Duke plans to spend $2 billion to …

North Carolina Joins EPA Action, Scuttles Coal Ash Deal with Duke Energy

North Carolina regulators have asked a judge to withdraw a proposed settlement that would have allowed Duke Energy to resolve environmental violations by paying a $99,000 fine with no requirement that the $50 billion company clean up its pollution. The …

Wake Forest Researchers Use Drone to Measure North Carolina Coal Ash Spill

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. Wake Forest University researchers released results from a study using photos …

Cape Fear Residents Deal with Fear of Coal Ash Dumps

From his modest home in Wilmington, North Carolina near the Cape Fear River, Sam Malpass can glimpse the tall stacks of Duke Energy’s Sutton Steam Electric Plant, a looming reminder of the environmental dangers threatening his family. Contaminated groundwater from …