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  • Duke Energy CEO loses $600K in pay over coal ash pollution

    Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good saw her pay docked about $600,000 in the aftermath of last year's massive spill of collected coal ash that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals. A portion of Good's $8.3 million compensation was reduced 35 percent in 2014 compensation, according to a proxy statement released this week ahead of the company's annual ...


    By Associated Press

  • North Carolina regulators shielded Duke`s coal ash pollution

    Over the last year, environmental groups have tried three times to use the federal Clean Water Act to force Duke Energy to clear out leaky coal ash dumps like the one that ruptured last week, spewing enough toxic sludge into a North Carolina river to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools. Each time, they say, their efforts have been stymied - by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural ...


    By Associated Press

  • Judge hits state agency over Duke Energy coal ash pollution

    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 Loretta Biggs' comments came in a decision late Tuesday rejecting bids by the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Duke Energy fined $25 million over coal ash pollution

    North Carolina environmental officials said Tuesday that they are fining Duke Energy $25 million over pollution that has been seeping into groundwater for years from a pair of coal ash pits at a retired power plant. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources called it the state's largest penalty for environmental damages. It ...


    By Associated Press

  • North Carolina pulls deal with Duke on coal ash pollution

    North Carolina regulators said Friday that they 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 consent order that the state Department of Environment and Natural ...


    By Associated Press

  • Pennsylvania Groundwater Contaminated By Coal Ash

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, September 18, 2007 (ENS) - Disposing of coal ash in mines is contaminating water supplies throughout Pennsylvania, according to a report released today by the advocacy group Clean Air Task Force and the nonprofit, public interest law firm Earthjustice. In 10 of 15 mines examined across the state, groundwater and streams near areas where coal ash, or coal ...

  • NC sides with Duke in appeal of coal ash ruling

    North Carolina regulators are joining with Duke Energy in appealing a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps. The state Environmental Management Commission filed notice Monday that it intends to appeal a March 6 ruling by ...


    By Associated Press

  • US investigates North Carolina coal ash spill

    Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a massive coal ash spill into a North Carolina river, demanding that Duke Energy and state regulators hand over reams of documents related to the accident that left a waterway polluted with tons of toxic sludge. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Raleigh issued grand jury subpoenas seeking records from Duke and the North ...


    By Associated Press

  • Coal-ash waste poses risk across the nation

    The billion-gallon wave of toxic coal-ash sludge that burst from a power-plant retention pond and buried 300 acres of rural Tennessee hints at a far larger problem: hundreds of similar threats nationwide. More than 1,300 coal-ash waste sites are dotted across the United States, about half of them actively used, federal data show. Some are landfills. The rest are 'surface impoundments' (storage ...


    By Axcess News

  • Ash inhalation increases risk of lung infection

    Inhaling volcanic ash could weaken the body’s natural defences against infection, a recent study concludes. A team of researchers collected samples of ash from the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcano eruption in Iceland and, in laboratory tests, found that they reduced the ability of immune cells in lungs to fight off bacterial infections. Volcanic air pollution has often been linked ...

  • Settlement with Ash Grove Cement Company to Reduce Thousands of Tons of Air Emissions

    Today’s agreement will reduce more than 17,000 tons of harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution each year across plants located in Foreman, Ark.; Inkom, Idaho; Chanute, Kan.; Clancy, Mont.; Louisville, Neb.; Durkee, Ore.; Leamington, Utah; Seattle, Wash.; and Midlothian, Texas. “Today’s settlement will reduce air pollution that can harm human health and ...

  • Duke Energy wants citizens group out of ash action

    Duke Energy is asking a judge to prevent citizens groups from taking part in any enforcement action that would make the company clean up nearly three dozen coal ash pits across North Carolina. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources filed a complaint against Duke last year. Several citizens groups got involved in the case, saying the waste dumps polluted groundwater. But Duke filed a ...


    By Associated Press

  • Duke plans to dredge river as coal ash deal dumped

    Duke Energy said Tuesday it plans to begin dredging coal ash out of a North Carolina river as the state's environmental agency moved to scuttle a previously proposed settlement with the company over pollution leaking from waste dumps at its power plants. Lawyers for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources asked a judge ...


    By Associated Press

  • Tweak to North Carolina law protected Duke`s coal ash pits

    Duke Energy was in a bind. North Carolina regulators had for years allowed the nation's largest power company to pollute the ground near its plants without penalty. But in early 2013, a coalition of environmental groups sued to force Duke to clean up nearly three dozen leaky coal ash dumps spread across the state. So last summer, Duke Energy turned to North Carolina lawmakers for help. ...


    By Associated Press

  • Regulator fines Duke Energy nearly $7M for coal ash spill

    The country's largest electric company is being fined $6.6 million for environmental pollution related to a big spill of liquefied coal ash in 2014, North Carolina environmental regulators said Tuesday. The fine covers violations that Duke Energy admitted when it pleaded guilty to federal pollution crimes nine months ago and agreed to pay $102 million in fines and restitution, the state ...


    By Associated Press

  • Coal Ash, environmental risks to dominate southern company annual meeting

    With Southern Company"s annual shareholder meeting tomorrow, and with two resolutions on the ballot focusing on risks from the company"s environmental practices, there is rising pressure on Southern Company to take action to improve its environmental record in relation to coal ash and other matters. Shareholder proposals on climate change and coal ash have been earning record votes at companies ...

  • EPA Announces First National Regulations to Safeguard Disposal of Coal Ash

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the first national regulations to provide for the safe disposal of coal combustion residuals (coal ash) from coal-fired power plants. The final rule establishes safeguards to protect communities from coal ash impoundment failures, like the catastrophic Kingston, Tenn., spill in 2008, and establishes safeguards to prevent groundwater ...

  • North Carolina Gov. McCrory briefed on Duke coal ash lawsuit

    North Carolina's top environmental official said Monday that he briefed Gov. Pat McCrory before intervening in lawsuits against Duke Energy, resulting in a negotiated settlement that fined the $50 billion corporation $99,111 to resolve violations over groundwater contamination leaching from two huge coal ash dumps. Environmentalists ...


    By Associated Press

  • Prosecutors file new subpoenas over NC coal ash

    Federal prosecutors have served North Carolina's environmental agency with 20 more subpoenas seeking documents and ordering 19 state employees to testify before a grand jury, part of a broadening criminal investigation into a massive coal ash spill. The subpoenas made public by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources on ...


    By Associated Press

  • NC judge denies Duke motion to seal coal ash docs

    A North Carolina judge on Friday denied Duke Energy's motion seeking to shield records related to groundwater pollution leeching from 33 coal ash dumps in the state while a separate federal criminal investigation is ongoing. Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway's ruling came after Duke defense lawyer Jim Cooney scaled back the company's request to restrict access to documents in a civil case filed ...


    By Associated Press

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