Coal Ash Chronicles

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Teacher raises and coal ash ponds face N.C. General Assembly before adjourning

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Coal ash issue

Separate legislation would make new regulations to force Duke Energy to clean up coal ash storage ponds at its coal-fired power plant sites around the state. This bill comes in the wake of a spill that dumped 27,000 tons of ash into a river north of Greensboro and reports of leaks and violations at other sites.

The House plan gives Duke Energy more flexibility in its clean-up efforts, Hood said. The Senate rejected the House plan on Monday, and they are expected to negotiate a compromise.

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kevinjbeaty:

Bonus #photooftheday: This tree’s rings show clearly when air quality in the area began to be compromised. Count thirty rings from the outside and you can see where things started to go awry. The plant was built about thirty years ago.
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kevinjbeaty:

Bonus #photooftheday: This tree’s rings show clearly when air quality in the area began to be compromised. Count thirty rings from the outside and you can see where things started to go awry. The plant was built about thirty years ago.

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Coal ash clean up - finally?

Here’s Jerry Klein's Creative Loafing Charlotte piece on the coal-ash snafu in N.C. Spoiler alert: He ends with my quote which is …

The only slightly optimistic assessment I could find came from Rhiannon Fionn, an independent journalist who writes for CoalAshChronicles.com. “I am glad to see that, after all these years, the General Assembly is doing something, and I’m not at all surprised that it took a massive coal ash spill and public opinion polls to force them to act. The bill the Senate passed was alright, but then the House began tinkering with it in an attempt to make it more Duke-friendly. Still, with this bill, the state of North Carolina will end up with more coal ash regulations than most states. It would be great if the state would stand up and set an example for the rest of the country with strong and appropriate regulations that protect our drinking water, health and environment, but our legislators aren’t courageous enough to stand up to corporate interests.”

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House signs off on coal ash plan :: WRAL.com

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Unlike the Senate plan, the House allows the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to extend Duke’s deadline for closures if the work required isn’t “economically reasonable” and would produce “serious hardship.”

The House version also returns to DENR an independent Coal Ash Commission the Senate created in the Department of Public Safety, and eases groundwater testing boundaries.

Neither the House nor Senate version addresses whether Duke’s shareholders or its customers will shoulder the cost of the clean-up.

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http://www.columbiatribune.com/business/psc-approves-plans-for-coal-ash-landfill/article_3269cf4f-bd5c-5b81-9335-bf19795eeb3a.html

Oh look, there’s crappy coal ash news coming out of Missouri, too.

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The Missouri Public Service Commission has given the go-ahead for a coal ash landfill near the eastern Missouri town of Labadie, despite strong opposition from environmental groups and some local residents.

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N.C. House OKs amended coal ash bill - Charlotte Business Journal

It’s not a great bill, but N.C. will end up with more coal ash regs than most states. Word on the street (okay, in my inbox) is that environmental groups aren’t happy at all with this bill, which was watered down and really only pushed through at all thanks to political pressure from citizens.

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After a final debate this morning, the N.C. House of Representatives voted 94-16 to approve legislation that would regulate the storage and disposal of coal ash at power plants in the state.

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Groups Say Coal Ash Dumps Polluting 3 NC Rivers - CBS Charlotte

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… the state didn’t force Duke to take specific action to ensure that dams holding back millions of tons of toxic waste are safe, said Frank Holleman, the environmental law group’s senior attorney.

“These coal ash lagoons threaten public drinking-water supplies, flow illegally into rivers and groundwater and have unsafe dams. Yet Duke Energy has not cleaned up these sites and DENR had not required Duke Energy to clean them up,” he said.

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