North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality News

Duke Restores Power to 1.2 Million in Carolinas as Florence Heads North

Duke Energy Corp., the biggest utility in the Carolinas, has faced a three-front war as it battles back against the wet and dangerously wild effects of Hurricane Florence. The company restored power to almost 80 percent of customers who went …

Duke Energy to Pay $156K Fine for North Carolina Coal Ash Pollution

Duke Energy Corp. will pay a $156,000 penalty to for polluting ground and surface waters in North Carolina with potentially toxic coal-ash waste around three power plants, an amount one critic compared to a couple of days salary for the …

North Carolina Regulators Say Chemours Lied About Chemical Discharge ‘For Years’

North Carolina should tackle an emerging problem of water and air pollution from little-studied industrial chemicals by beefing up the state’s health and environmental agencies, Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday. Cooper proposed spending $14.5 million to help improve the ability …

Duke Energy, Environmentalists Clash Over 5-Year-Old Groundwater Cleanup Lawsuit

A North Carolina appeals court should keep alive a five-year-old lawsuit because it increases the pressure on Duke Energy Corp. to clean up groundwater contaminated by its coal ash pits, environmental lawyers argued Thursday. The Charlotte-based electricity utility admits coal …

Federal Judge to Streamline Lawsuits Over GenX Chemical in North Carolina River

A federal judge wants to streamline lawsuits blaming two companies for releasing a little-understood compound from a North Carolina chemical plant into waters used by hundreds of thousands of people. U.S. District Judge James Dever III has ordered five complaints …

Duke Energy Will Pay $84K Penalty for North Carolina Coal Ash Leaks

The country’s largest electricity company will pay an $84,000 penalty and work to stop potentially toxic waste from three North Carolina coal-burning power plants from leaking into groundwater and nearby rivers under a deal with state regulators announced Tuesday. The …

GenX Chemical Found Across River from Chemours Plant in North Carolina

North Carolina officials say elevated levels of an industrial chemical were found on the opposite side of the Cape Fear River from the chemical plant. The Fayetteville Observer reports that the state Department of Environmental Quality found the chemical GenX …

North Carolina Environmental Agency to Step Up Pollution Violation Investigations

North Carolina’s environmental agency is revising internal policies after complaints the agency under former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory repeatedly failed to investigate when industrial-scale hog farms violate anti-pollution rules. The Waterkeeper Alliance and other groups said Tuesday they’re settling their …

Traces of GenX Compound Found in North Carolina Food Product

The unregulated compound found in more than 80 drinking water wells near a chemical company’s manufacturing facility in North Carolina has been found in a food product for the first time. Tests found honey collected by a farmer about 2 …

North Carolina Detects GenX in 34 Additional Wells

North Carolina officials say tests have detected elevated levels of an unregulated compound at 34 additional wells near a chemical company’s manufacturing facility. The Fayetteville Observer reports the results announced Monday bring the total number of wells contaminated by the …