Coal Ash Chronicles

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CIB 4/21/2014


Strip away the double-talk and it’s clear that the governor is doing little more than asking for the General Assembly’s blessing on his plan to let Duke continue to call the shots on coal ash.

"All this is doing is attempting to put into law what Duke wants to do anyway, which is leave in place its ash at different sites where it continues to be a risk and continues to threaten communities," said Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) attorney Frank Holleman.

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Discharge from Belews Creek power plant affects water quality

The company has known about this ‘other’ contamination issue on the Dan River for some time and is covering some of the costs to upgrade Eden, N.C.’s — and other municipalities’ — drinking water treatment plants because of it.

By the way, here’s a post we did on this back in February.


From this power plant, a coal-waste substance known as bromide, discharged legally into the tributary, has been causing trouble for the downstream town of Madison and the city of Eden, as well as buyers of Madison’s and Eden’s drinking water, such as Rockingham County and Henry County, Va., according to public-record emails between officials with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

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