Articles by Adam Beam and Michael Biesecker

California Now Looking for Ways to Preserve Environmental Clout

The Trump administration’s decision to stop California from setting its own emission standards for cars and trucks would undermine the state’s ability to convince the world’s largest automakers that they should make more environmentally friendly vehicles. “We will not let …

Dam Breach at N.C. Power Plant Causes Coal Ash Spill into Cape Fear River

Gray muck is flowing into the Cape Fear River from the site of a dam breach at a Wilmington power plant where an old coal ash dump had been covered over by Florence’s floodwaters. Forecasters predicted the water would continue …

North Carolina Power Plant Inundated by Flood Waters

Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike at the facility and inundated a large lake. Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan …

FEMA Criticized for Suppliers Not Delivering Hurricane Aid as Promised

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded contracts for hurricane supplies without adequately researching whether winning bidders could deliver what they promised, according to a new investigation by Democrats on a Senate oversight committee. The investigation followed disclosures by The Associated …

Government Report Finds Climate Change Costing Taxpayers Billions Each Year

A non-partisan federal watchdog says climate change is already costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars each year, with those costs expected to rise as devastating storms, floods, wildfires and droughts become more frequent in the coming decades. A Government Accountability …

FEMA Statement on Texas Toxic Sites Clarified by EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency said on Sept. 24 it has recovered 517 containers filled with unidentified, potentially hazardous material found floating in or washed up along Texas waterways after the devastating floods from Hurricane Harvey receded. The agency’s statement sought …

EPA Won’t Say Which Texas Sites Toxic Waste Has Been Removed From After Harvey

The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of “unidentified, potentially hazardous material” from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey. The agency has not provided details about which Superfund sites …

North Carolina Regulators Order Duke to Stop Spreading Groundwater Pollution

North Carolina environmental regulators ordered Duke Energy this week to stop the spread of groundwater pollution from coal ash dumps outside Wilmington after tests showed contamination in nearby drinking water wells. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said …

Duke Energy Settles North Carolina Coal Ash Criminal Case for $102M

As Duke Energy pleaded guilty Thursday in a North Carolina courtroom to nine criminal violations of the federal Clean Water Act, federal prosecutors recounted examples where time and again the nation’s largest electricity company failed to prevent its illegal pollution. …

Officials in North Carolina Warn More Residents of Unsafe Water

North Carolina officials are warning more residents living near Duke Energy’s coal ash pits that it’s not safe to drink or cook with their well water after tests showed contamination levels that is raising health concerns. The state Department of …