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  • Environment group says public 'mislead' to think Dan River is clean

    Environment group says public 'mislead' to think Dan River is clean

    Friday, July 18 2014 2:06 PM EDT2014-07-18 18:06:07 GMT
    Waterkeeper Alliance says photos show coal ash is still present in the Dan River. (Waterkeeper Alliance)Waterkeeper Alliance says photos show coal ash is still present in the Dan River. (Waterkeeper Alliance)
    Waterkeeper Alliance provided photos it says show deposits of coal ash still in the Dan River despite claims to the contrary.
    Waterkeeper Alliance provided photos it says show deposits of coal ash still in the Dan River despite claims to the contrary.
  • NC, Va. groups to monitor coal ash in Dan River

    NC, Va. groups to monitor coal ash in Dan River

    Friday, July 18 2014 9:59 AM EDT2014-07-18 13:59:45 GMT
    A collapsed pipe at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station dumped coal ash into the Dan River.A collapsed pipe at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station dumped coal ash into the Dan River.
    Two water protection groups will continue to monitor the Dan River to identify coal ash from a massive spill in North Carolina that flowed into Virginia.
    Two water protection groups will continue to monitor the Dan River to identify coal ash from a massive spill in North Carolina that flowed into Virginia.
  • Feds: Duke Energy has finished moving coal ash from Dan River

    Feds: Duke Energy has finished moving coal ash from Dan River

    Thursday, July 17 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-07-17 19:03:48 GMT
    Duke has dredged up about 2,500 tons of ash and contaminated sediment, as well as another 500 tons that had accumulated in settling tanks at downstream municipal water treatment plants.
    Duke has dredged up about 2,500 tons of ash and contaminated sediment, as well as another 500 tons that had accumulated in settling tanks at downstream municipal water treatment plants.
  • Senate nixes House coal ash bill, negotiating next

    Senate nixes House coal ash bill, negotiating next

    Monday, July 14 2014 7:58 PM EDT2014-07-14 23:58:17 GMT
    The Senate voted unanimously to send competing legislation from both chambers to a conference committee to forge a compromise.The Senate voted unanimously to send competing legislation from both chambers to a conference committee to forge a compromise.
    Legislation designed to clean up coal ash ponds at Duke Energy power plants in North Carolina is now heading to final negotiations after the Senate rejected the House version of the bill.
    Legislation designed to clean up coal ash ponds at Duke Energy power plants in North Carolina is now heading to final negotiations after the Senate rejected the House version of the bill.
  • NC coal ash bill destined for compromise committee

    NC coal ash bill destined for compromise committee

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:03:06 GMT
    Both versions require all pits be closed in 15 years.Both versions require all pits be closed in 15 years.
    A key senator says his chamber will reject a competing version of legislation designed to clean up coal ash ponds at Duke Energy's North Caroilna power plants.
    A key senator says his chamber will reject a competing version of legislation designed to clean up coal ash ponds at Duke Energy's North Caroilna power plants.
  • North Carolina House approves coal ash bill

    North Carolina House approves coal ash bill

    Thursday, July 3 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-07-03 22:55:06 GMT
    Tanks used to cleanup coal ash from the Dan RiverTanks used to cleanup coal ash from the Dan River
    A House committee has approved a new version of a bill telling Duke Energy how to clean up its coal ash sites throughout North Carolina.
    A House committee has approved a new version of a bill telling Duke Energy how to clean up its coal ash sites throughout North Carolina.
  • NC House could give leeway on coal ash deadlines

    NC House could give leeway on coal ash deadlines

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 10:56 PM EDT2014-07-02 02:56:32 GMT
    A House bill gives power to the secretary of DENR to grant a variance on any coal ash clean-up deadlines.
    A House bill gives power to the secretary of DENR to grant a variance on any coal ash clean-up deadlines.
  • Groups say coal ash dumps polluting 3 NC rivers

    Groups say coal ash dumps polluting 3 NC rivers

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 9:24 PM EDT2014-07-02 01:24:01 GMT
    Video from Waterkeeper Alliance showing the Cape Fear River near Duke Energy's Cape Fear Plant.Video from Waterkeeper Alliance showing the Cape Fear River near Duke Energy's Cape Fear Plant.
    An environmental group said it's planning to use the federal Clean Water Act to sue Duke Energy over coal ash pollution.
    An environmental group said it's planning to use the federal Clean Water Act to sue Duke Energy over coal ash pollution.
  • Families take stories of cancer, birth defects to NC lawmakers

    Families take stories of cancer, birth defects to NC lawmakers

    Sunday, June 29 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-06-29 17:34:44 GMT
    Kim Brewer, who lives near Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station, said her daughter Ava was born with Chiari malformation.Kim Brewer, who lives near Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station, said her daughter Ava was born with Chiari malformation.
    Settled just outside Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station in Salisbury is the town of Dukeville, where families say dozens of people have died from brain tumors.
    Families living near Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station say dozens of people in their neighborhood have died from brain tumors.
  • NC issues notices to Duke Energy about leaks at coal ash ponds

    NC issues notices to Duke Energy about leaks at coal ash ponds

    Thursday, June 26 2014 4:07 PM EDT2014-06-26 20:07:46 GMT
    Workers survey a coal ash spil into the Dan River.Workers survey a coal ash spil into the Dan River.
    Officials with the state of North Carolina ordered Duke Energy Thursday to fix issues discovered in piping systems at six coal ash dumps in North Carolina.
    Officials with the state of North Carolina ordered Duke Energy Thursday to fix issues discovered in piping systems at six coal ash dumps in North Carolina.
  • Coal ash bill passes Senate, ratepayers may still pay

    Coal ash bill passes Senate, ratepayers may still pay

    Wednesday, June 25 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-06-26 02:47:14 GMT
    The North Carolina Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would force Duke Energy to close all of its coal ash ponds by 2029.
    The North Carolina Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would force Duke Energy to close all of its coal ash ponds by 2029.
  • Senators decide not to force Duke to pay for coal ash cleanup

    Senators decide not to force Duke to pay for coal ash cleanup

    Wednesday, June 25 2014 10:38 AM EDT2014-06-25 14:38:00 GMT
    A bill requiring Duke Energy to clean up all its ash ponds across the state is one step closure to becoming law.
    A bill requiring Duke Energy to clean up all its ash ponds across the state is one step closure to becoming law.
  • Duke Energy demolishing Wilmington coal plant

    Duke Energy demolishing Wilmington coal plant

    Monday, June 23 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-06-24 03:14:28 GMT
    Duke Energy is in the process of decommissioning its Sutton Plant in Wilmington, which retired in November of 2013.
    Duke Energy is in the process of decommissioning its Sutton Plant in Wilmington, which retired in November of 2013.
  • Records: Duke warned about pipe that caused spill

    Records: Duke warned about pipe that caused spill

    Thursday, June 19 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-06-20 03:19:46 GMT
    Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C.Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C.
    Records show engineers warned Duke Energy as early as 1986 that a stormwater pipe was made of corrugated metal and needed to be monitored for leaks.
    Records show engineers warned Duke Energy as early as 1986 that a stormwater pipe was made of corrugated metal and needed to be monitored for leaks.
  • AG Cooper says coal ash must be cleaned up

    AG Cooper says coal ash must be cleaned up

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 11:23 PM EDT2014-06-19 03:23:43 GMT
    Tanks used to cleanup coal ash from the Dan RiverTanks used to cleanup coal ash from the Dan River
    Roy Cooper said Duke Energy's coal ash pits must be cleaned up to protect the state's waterways, but the costs shouldn't be passed along to consumers.
    Roy Cooper said Duke Energy's coal ash pits must be cleaned up to protect the state's waterways, but the costs shouldn't be passed along to consumers.
  • Duke Energy told to submit coal ash repair plans

    Duke Energy told to submit coal ash repair plans

    Monday, June 16 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-06-16 20:10:00 GMT
    Cliffside Steam Station, located on the Rutherford and Cleveland County line. (Duke Energy)Cliffside Steam Station, located on the Rutherford and Cleveland County line. (Duke Energy)
    DENR is ordering Duke Energy to submit plans to repair leaky pipes at dams holding back millions of tons of coal ash at five power plants.
    DENR is ordering Duke Energy to submit plans to repair leaky pipes at dams holding back millions of tons of coal ash at five power plants.
  • Non-profit suggests adjustments to pay for coal ash clean-up

    Non-profit suggests adjustments to pay for coal ash clean-up

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-06-10 23:55:52 GMT
    Workers survey a coal ash spil into the Dan River.Workers survey a coal ash spil into the Dan River.
    A non-profit says if Duke Energy makes five business adjustments, the cost of the clean-up of its 33 coal ash dumps in North Carolina wouldn't have to be passed on to consumers.
    A non-profit says if Duke Energy makes five business adjustments, the cost of the clean-up of its 33 coal ash dumps in North Carolina wouldn't have to be passed on to consumers.
  • Judge: Coal ash lawsuit in NC can move forward

    Judge: Coal ash lawsuit in NC can move forward

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-06-10 20:03:29 GMT
    Duke Energy stores 2.6 million tons of coal ash next to its Sutton Plant off Highway 421 near Wilmington. (WECT)Duke Energy stores 2.6 million tons of coal ash next to its Sutton Plant off Highway 421 near Wilmington. (WECT)
    A federal judge says a lawsuit accusing Duke Energy coal ash pits of polluting a lake near Wilmington can move forward.
    A federal judge says a lawsuit accusing Duke Energy coal ash pits of polluting a lake near Wilmington can move forward.
  • NC, Va. sign deal with Duke for Dan River cleanup

    NC, Va. sign deal with Duke for Dan River cleanup

    Monday, June 9 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-06-09 22:43:33 GMT
    A collapsed pipe at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station dumped coal ash into the Dan River.A collapsed pipe at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station dumped coal ash into the Dan River.
    Environmental and wildlife officials have signed an agreement with Duke Energy for the cleanup of toxic coal ash from the Dan River.
    Environmental and wildlife officials have signed an agreement with Duke Energy for the cleanup of toxic coal ash from the Dan River.
  • NC lawmakers push deadlines for coal ash cleanup

    NC lawmakers push deadlines for coal ash cleanup

    Thursday, June 5 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-06-05 23:14:12 GMT
    Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C.Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C.
    North Carolina lawmakers want to add firm deadlines to legislation aimed at stopping pollution leaking from Duke Energy's unlined coal ash dumps.
    North Carolina lawmakers want to add firm deadlines to legislation aimed at stopping pollution leaking from Duke Energy's unlined coal ash dumps.
  • Environmental groups deliver 'coal ash cupcakes' to lawmakers

    Environmental groups deliver 'coal ash cupcakes' to lawmakers

    Thursday, June 5 2014 6:41 PM EDT2014-06-05 22:41:26 GMT
    "Coal ash cupcakes" were delivered to the offices of legislators as advocates tried to meet with their representatives. "Coal ash cupcakes" were delivered to the offices of legislators as advocates tried to meet with their representatives.
    "Coal ash cupcakes" were delivered to the offices of legislators as advocates tried to meet with their representatives.
    "Coal ash cupcakes" were delivered to the offices of legislators as advocates tried to meet with their representatives.
  • NC Democrats offer alternative to coal ash plan

    NC Democrats offer alternative to coal ash plan

    Wednesday, May 28 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-05-28 20:32:01 GMT
    Tanks used to cleanup coal ash from the Dan RiverTanks used to cleanup coal ash from the Dan River
    A group of Democrats in the North Carolina House has introduced a bill that would forbid Duke Energy from passing the costs of cleaning up its coal ash dumps on to its electricity customers.
    A group of Democrats in the North Carolina House has introduced a bill that would forbid Duke Energy from passing the costs of cleaning up its coal ash dumps on to its electricity customers.
  • EPA reaches deal with Duke to clean coal ash from Dan River

    EPA reaches deal with Duke to clean coal ash from Dan River

    Thursday, May 22 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-05-23 03:24:30 GMT
    Tanks used to cleanup coal ash from the Dan RiverTanks used to cleanup coal ash from the Dan River
    The Environmental Protection Agency will oversee the cleanup of the Dan River after a coal ash spill coated 70 miles of the waterway with toxic, gray sludge.
    The Environmental Protection Agency will oversee the cleanup of the Dan River after a coal ash spill coated 70 miles of the waterway with toxic, gray sludge.
  • NC state representative wants a study into health effects of coal ash

    NC state representative wants a study into health effects of coal ash

    Tuesday, May 20 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-05-20 21:24:51 GMT
    Rep. Kelly Alexander (D-Mecklenberg) is calling for a study into the long-term health effects of exposure to coal ash.
    Rep. Kelly Alexander (D-Mecklenberg) is calling for a study into the long-term health effects of exposure to coal ash.
  • Work begins in Va. to remove sludge from NC spill

    Work begins in Va. to remove sludge from NC spill

    Saturday, May 17 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-05-17 15:55:08 GMT
    The removal of a 2,500-ton deposit of coal ash in the Dan River from a spill in North Carolina has begun in Danville.
    The removal of a 2,500-ton deposit of coal ash in the Dan River from a spill in North Carolina has begun in Danville.
  • Duke Energy removing ash from the Dan River

    Duke Energy removing ash from the Dan River

    Monday, May 12 2014 9:49 PM EDT2014-05-13 01:49:21 GMT
    The coal ash clean-up continued on Monday afternoon as Duke Energy allowed media to watch operations at Abreu-Grogon Park.
    The coal ash clean-up continued on Monday afternoon as Duke Energy allowed media to watch operations at Abreu-Grogon Park.
  • Duke Energy stands by permit in wake of Cape Fear Plant leak

    Duke Energy stands by permit in wake of Cape Fear Plant leak

    Monday, May 12 2014 8:41 PM EDT2014-05-13 00:41:56 GMT
    Duke Energy hosted an information fair at its Cape Fear Plant in Moncure for citizen to ask questions and talk to employees.
    Duke Energy hosted an information fair at its Cape Fear Plant in Moncure for citizen to ask questions and talk to employees.
  • Judge: Groups can participate in NC coal ash cases

    Judge: Groups can participate in NC coal ash cases

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 11:50 PM EDT2014-05-07 03:50:48 GMT
    The ruling comes three months after a massive coal ash spill at a Duke pit coated 70 miles of the Dan River with a toxic gray sludge.The ruling comes three months after a massive coal ash spill at a Duke pit coated 70 miles of the Dan River with a toxic gray sludge.
    A North Carolina judge says a coalition of environmental groups can participate in the state's enforcement action against Duke Energy for groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps.
    A North Carolina judge says a coalition of environmental groups can participate in the state's enforcement action against Duke Energy for groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps.
  • Durham commissioners approve resolution pushing for coal ash legislation

    Durham commissioners approve resolution pushing for coal ash legislation

    Monday, April 28 2014 11:07 PM EDT2014-04-29 03:07:02 GMT
    A collapsed pipe at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station dumped coal ash into the Dan River.A collapsed pipe at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station dumped coal ash into the Dan River.
    The Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to request legislation in reaction to the massive coal ash spill at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station.
    The Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to request legislation in reaction to the massive coal ash spill at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station.
  • Duke: Moving coal ash would cost up to $10 billion

    Duke: Moving coal ash would cost up to $10 billion

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-04-23 01:10:07 GMT
    The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources released more than 13,000 pages of public records in recent days as a response to media requests following the Feb. 2 coal ash spill at a Duke plant in Eden.The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources released more than 13,000 pages of public records in recent days as a response to media requests following the Feb. 2 coal ash spill at a Duke plant in Eden.
    Duke Energy says that removing all of the company's coal ash away from North Carolina's rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion.
    Duke Energy says that removing all of the company's coal ash away from North Carolina's rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion.
  • McCrory coal ash announcement miffs GOP lawmakers

    McCrory coal ash announcement miffs GOP lawmakers

    Sunday, April 20 2014 3:48 PM EDT2014-04-20 19:48:26 GMT
    Some lawmakers say they were surprised and miffed by fellow Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's announcement that he's seeking legislation to beef up government oversight of coal ash dumps.
    Some lawmakers say they were surprised and miffed by fellow Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's announcement that he's seeking legislation to beef up government oversight of coal ash dumps.
  • NC State report says Dan River water safe for farm use

    NC State report says Dan River water safe for farm use

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:34:12 GMT
    A North Carolina State University study says farmers can use water from the Dan River for irrigation and livestock despite the massive spill of toxic coal ash in February.
    A North Carolina State University study says farmers can use water from the Dan River for irrigation and livestock despite the massive spill of toxic coal ash in February.
  • WNCN investigation gets answer on state's coal ash appeal

    WNCN investigation gets answer on state's coal ash appeal

    Cliffside Steam Station, located on the Rutherford and Cleveland County line. (Duke Energy)Cliffside Steam Station, located on the Rutherford and Cleveland County line. (Duke Energy)
    The state of has joined Duke Energy in appealing a judge's order requiring the utility to take immediately clean up its coal ash ponds.
    The state of has joined Duke Energy in appealing a judge's order requiring the utility to take immediately clean up its coal ash ponds.
  • WNCN investigates coal ash in NC

    WNCN investigates coal ash in NC

    Duke Energy says it will take at least two years to clean up the entire mess left by a collapsed pipe at its retired Dan River Steam Station, as well as sites near Asheville and Charlotte.
    Duke Energy says it will take at least two years to clean up the entire mess left by a collapsed pipe at its retired Dan River Steam Station, as well as sites near Asheville and Charlotte.
  • Duke appeals judge's order to clean up coal ash pits

    Duke appeals judge's order to clean up coal ash pits

    Thursday, April 3 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-04-03 22:45:07 GMT
    Duke Energy has appealed a judge's order to take immediate action to eliminate sources of groundwater contamination at its coal ash dumps.
    Duke Energy has appealed a judge's order to take immediate action to eliminate sources of groundwater contamination at its coal ash dumps.
  • Duke Energy asked to correct SC ash pit problems

    Duke Energy asked to correct SC ash pit problems

    Thursday, April 3 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-04-03 22:22:43 GMT
    When Duke Energy officials appeared last week before South Carolina regulators, they said the utility's coal ash pits in the state were safe.
    When Duke Energy officials appeared last week before South Carolina regulators, they said the utility's coal ash pits in the state were safe.
  • Duke Energy says it needs time to clean coal ash

    Duke Energy says it needs time to clean coal ash

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-04-02 21:45:04 GMT
    Workers survey a coal ash spil into the Dan River.Workers survey a coal ash spil into the Dan River.
    Duke Energy's chief executive says the company is putting together a detailed plan to clean up nearly three dozen coal ash pits across the state.
    Duke Energy's chief executive says the company is putting together a detailed plan to clean up nearly three dozen coal ash pits across the state.
  • Duke Energy wants citizens group out of ash action

    Duke Energy wants citizens group out of ash action

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-04-02 20:50:54 GMT
    Duke Energy is pushing to prevent citizens groups from taking part in enforcement action against them.
    Duke Energy is pushing to prevent citizens groups from taking part in enforcement action against them.
  • DENR releases hundreds of documents related to coal ash

    DENR releases hundreds of documents related to coal ash

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 4:35 PM EDT2014-04-02 20:35:29 GMT
    The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources released more than 13,000 pages of public records after the massive coal ash spill on Feb. 2 on the Dan River.
    The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources released more than 13,000 pages of public records after the massive coal ash spill on Feb. 2 on the Dan River.
  • Duke Energy seeks to keep records from regulators

    Duke Energy seeks to keep records from regulators

    Friday, March 28 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-03-28 23:14:17 GMT
    Duke Energy is asking a North Carolina judge to shield its records from state regulators until a federal criminal investigation into the company's activities at its coal ash dumps is resolved.
    Duke Energy is asking a North Carolina judge to shield its records from state regulators until a federal criminal investigation into the company's activities at its coal ash dumps is resolved.
  • NC regulators cite Duke Energy for crack in dam

    NC regulators cite Duke Energy for crack in dam

    Friday, March 28 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-03-28 20:41:55 GMT
    North Carolina regulators say they've cited Duke Energy for a crack in a dam at a coal ash pit near the Cape Fear River.
    North Carolina regulators say they've cited Duke Energy for a crack in a dam at a coal ash pit near the Cape Fear River.
  • Duke shareholders want probe of coal ash spill

    Duke shareholders want probe of coal ash spill

    Friday, March 28 2014 6:27 AM EDT2014-03-28 10:27:12 GMT
    Duke Energy shareholders are calling on the company's board to launch an independent investigation into issues surrounding a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in toxic sludge.
    Duke Energy shareholders are calling on the company's board to launch an independent investigation into issues surrounding a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in toxic sludge.
  • NC regulators missed crack in Duke coal ash dam

    NC regulators missed crack in Duke coal ash dam

    Thursday, March 27 2014 12:47 PM EDT2014-03-27 16:47:14 GMT
    Photos taken earlier this month show North Carolina regulators apparently failed to notice a large crack opening in an earthen dam holding back millions of tons of Duke Energy's coal ash near the Cape Fear River.
    Photos taken earlier this month show North Carolina regulators apparently failed to notice a large crack opening in an earthen dam holding back millions of tons of Duke Energy's coal ash near the Cape Fear River.
  • DENR: Chatham Co. dam repaired by Duke Energy

    DENR: Chatham Co. dam repaired by Duke Energy

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-03-25 23:54:09 GMT
    The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources said a crack in a Chatham County dam has been repaired by Duke Energy crews.
    The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources said a crack in a Chatham County dam has been repaired by Duke Energy crews.
  • McCrory counsel: Cooper has politicized coal ash

    McCrory counsel: Cooper has politicized coal ash

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-03-25 20:34:12 GMT
    McCrory Chief Legal Counsel Bob Stephens says Cooper has complicated the issue by using Duke's massive coal ash spill to raise money for his campaign.
    McCrory Chief Legal Counsel Bob Stephens says Cooper has complicated the issue by using Duke's massive coal ash spill to raise money for his campaign.
  • Farmers worry about using river water after coal ash spill

    Farmers worry about using river water after coal ash spill

    Monday, March 24 2014 10:08 PM EDT2014-03-25 02:08:02 GMT
    Dozens of farmers and livestock owners living along the Dan River wonder if toxins from coal ash will prevent them from using the river for irrigation.
    Dozens of farmers and livestock owners living along the Dan River wonder if toxins from coal ash will prevent them from using the river for irrigation.
  • Lawyer hired by NC in spill probe represented Duke

    Lawyer hired by NC in spill probe represented Duke

    Monday, March 24 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-03-24 22:51:31 GMT
    The lawyer hired to represent DENR during a federal investigation into its regulation of Duke Energy's coal ash dumps once represented the utility company in a different criminal probe.   
    The lawyer hired to represent DENR during a federal investigation into its regulation of Duke Energy's coal ash dumps once represented the utility company in a different criminal probe.   
  • Duke Energy: SC coal ash ponds different from NC

    Duke Energy: SC coal ash ponds different from NC

    Monday, March 24 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-03-24 22:46:03 GMT
    Duke Energy officials assured South Carolina regulators that the utility's two coal ash ponds in the state are safe.
    Duke Energy officials assured South Carolina regulators that the utility's two coal ash ponds in the state are safe.
  • DENR pulls deal with Duke on coal ash pollution

    DENR pulls deal with Duke on coal ash pollution

    Friday, March 21 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-03-22 03:04:06 GMT
    North Carolina regulators say 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 state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said in a statement Friday that it would scuttle the proposed consent order to settle violations for groundwater contamination leeching from coal ash dumps near Charlotte and Ashevi...
    North Carolina regulators say 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 state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said in a statement Friday that it would scuttle the proposed consent order to settle violations for groundwater contamination leeching from coal ash dumps near Charlotte and Ashevi...
  • Crack in Duke coal ash dam concerns NC officials

    Crack in Duke coal ash dam concerns NC officials

    Friday, March 21 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-03-21 19:57:35 GMT
    North Carolina regulators say Duke Energy must fix a crack in a dam at a coal ash dump where the company was caught illegally pumping 61 million gallons of contaminated water into the Cape Fear River. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Friday approved Duke's emergency plan to repair the crack in the earthen dam at its Cape Fear Plant that holds back millions of tons of toxic coal ash. The plan calls for excavating dirt and then stabilizing the part of the dam where t...
    North Carolina regulators say Duke Energy must fix a crack in a dam at a coal ash dump where the company was caught illegally pumping 61 million gallons of contaminated water into the Cape Fear River. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Friday approved Duke's emergency plan to repair the crack in the earthen dam at its Cape Fear Plant that holds back millions of tons of toxic coal ash. The plan calls for excavating dirt and then stabilizing the part of the dam where t...
  • Wake Co. judge rejects Duke's call to stay ruling

    Wake Co. judge rejects Duke's call to stay ruling

    Friday, March 21 2014 4:46 AM EDT2014-03-21 08:46:53 GMT
    A Wake County judge denied a requested stay on an order forcing Duke Energy to take immediate action to eliminate the sources of groundwater contamination that are currently violating water quality standards.
    A Wake County judge denied a requested stay on an order forcing Duke Energy to take immediate action to eliminate the sources of groundwater contamination that are currently violating water quality standards.
  • NC regulators inspecting dam at coal ash dump

    NC regulators inspecting dam at coal ash dump

    Thursday, March 20 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-03-20 23:00:16 GMT
    Regulators say they're looking into a report about a crack in a dam at a Duke Energy coal ash pit near the Cape Fear River.
    Regulators say they're looking into a report about a crack in a dam at a Duke Energy coal ash pit near the Cape Fear River.
  • DENR: Duke coal ash pond pumping could be illegal

    DENR: Duke coal ash pond pumping could be illegal

    Thursday, March 20 2014 6:12 AM EDT2014-03-20 10:12:55 GMT

    Duke Energy is  facing new questions and possible legal trouble after photographs showed the utility pumping wastewater into a canal feeding the Cape Fear River.

    Duke Energy is facing new questions and possible legal trouble after photographs showed the utility pumping wastewater into a canal feeding the Cape Fear River.

  • Tweak to NC law protected Duke's coal ash pits

    Tweak to NC law protected Duke's coal ash pits

    Monday, March 17 2014 7:13 PM EDT2014-03-17 23:13:48 GMT
    Editor's note: This story is developing and will be updatedAfter a coalition of environmental groups sued to force Duke Energy to clean up nearly three dozen leaky coal ash dumps spread across North Carolina,
    A change in a regulatory reform bill could help Duke Energy avoid some costly cleanup costs.
  • Duke Energy will be required to address problems at 3 coal ash facilities

    Duke Energy will be required to address problems at 3 coal ash facilities

    Friday, March 14 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-03-14 20:48:06 GMT
    State environmental regulators will modify permits at three of Duke Energy's coal ash facilities to address deficiencies.
    State environmental regulators will modify permits at three of Duke Energy's coal ash facilities to address deficiencies.
  • NC Democrats to push bill to move all coal ash

    NC Democrats to push bill to move all coal ash

    Thursday, March 13 2014 10:33 PM EDT2014-03-14 02:33:50 GMT
    Democrats say Duke Energy should be forced to move all of its coal ash to lined landfills away from water.
    Democrats say Duke Energy should be forced to move all of its coal ash to lined landfills away from water.
  • Emails show close ties between Duke, NC regulators

    Emails show close ties between Duke, NC regulators

    Thursday, March 13 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-03-14 02:32:52 GMT
    Internal emails between DENR staff show regulators were coordinating with Duke Energy before intervening in efforts by citizens groups trying to sue the company.
    Internal emails between DENR staff show regulators were coordinating with Duke Energy before intervening in efforts by citizens groups trying to sue the company.
  • Duke: Cleanup at Dan River plant will take 2 years

    Duke: Cleanup at Dan River plant will take 2 years

    Thursday, March 13 2014 7:31 PM EDT2014-03-13 23:31:12 GMT
    Duke Energy says it plans to move three leaky coal ash pits away from waterways, including one that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge.
    Duke Energy says it plans to move three leaky coal ash pits away from waterways, including one that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge.
  • NC utilities chairman to testify in coal ash probe

    NC utilities chairman to testify in coal ash probe

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-03-12 23:07:41 GMT
    North Carolina's Utilities Commission chairman has been subpoenaed as part of the broadening criminal investigation triggered by last month's massive coal ash spill.
    North Carolina's Utilities Commission chairman has been subpoenaed as part of the broadening criminal investigation triggered by last month's massive coal ash spill.
  • Judge postpones hearing in coal ash lawsuit

    Judge postpones hearing in coal ash lawsuit

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 4:05 PM EDT2014-03-12 20:05:09 GMT
    A federal judge is postponing a hearing on a lawsuit filed by an environmental group claiming Duke Energy violated the Clean Water Act.
    A federal judge is postponing a hearing on a lawsuit filed by an environmental group claiming Duke Energy violated the Clean Water Act.
  • McCrory: Panel should decide who foots pond bill

    McCrory: Panel should decide who foots pond bill

    Tuesday, March 11 2014 4:06 PM EDT2014-03-11 20:06:59 GMT
    Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday he's going to stay out of the debate whether his former employer Duke Energy should be allowed to pass to consumers the costs of closing North Carolina's coal ash ponds.
    Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday he's going to stay out of the debate whether his former employer Duke Energy should be allowed to pass to consumers the costs of closing North Carolina's coal ash ponds.
  • Va. taking long-term review of NC coal ash spill

    Va. taking long-term review of NC coal ash spill

    Monday, March 10 2014 5:10 PM EDT2014-03-10 21:10:35 GMT
    Virginia is examining any potential long-term environmental damage from a North Carolina coal ash spill on the Dan River.
    Virginia is examining any potential long-term environmental damage from a North Carolina coal ash spill on the Dan River.
  • Duke CEO: All customers pay for coal ash cleanup

    Duke CEO: All customers pay for coal ash cleanup

    Saturday, March 8 2014 12:05 PM EST2014-03-08 17:05:50 GMT
    Duke Energy's CEO says its customers likely will shoulder the costs of closing the rest of the utility's coal ash ponds across North Carolina.
    Duke Energy's CEO says its customers likely will shoulder the costs of closing the rest of the utility's coal ash ponds across North Carolina.
  • Duke Energy cited for deficiencies at Rutherford Co. steam plant

    Duke Energy cited for deficiencies at Rutherford Co. steam plant

    Thursday, March 6 2014 3:44 PM EST2014-03-06 20:44:37 GMT
    Regulators have cited Duke Energy for deficiencies at one of its coal-burning plants in Rutherford County.
    Regulators have cited Duke Energy for deficiencies at one of its coal-burning plants in Rutherford County.
  • DENR released more than 13,000 pages of public records after the massive coal ash spill on Feb. 2, 2014, on the Dan River.

    Below, you can browse and search those documents. If you find anything that you believe deserves to be looked in to further, you can contact the WNCN Investigates team at wncninvestigates@wncn.com.

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  • 77-year-old questioned, defended as true Marine after NFL player takes his photo

    77-year-old questioned, defended as true Marine after NFL player takes his photo

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:58 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:58:35 GMT
    (WMC) - It was a story that made its rounds on social media. On a recent flight DeAngelo Williams, Mid-Southerner and running back for the Carolina Panthers, gave his first-class plane seat to a 77-year-old
    Family members are upset and hurt that their relative, James Wesley Bolden, is being called a liar and "a fake."
  • Durham police release video of 3 teens who left homemade bomb on bus

    Durham police release video of 3 teens who left homemade bomb on bus

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-07-24 00:03:17 GMT
    Police tape surrounds a Bull City Connector bus after a homemade chemical bomb exploded on board.Police tape surrounds a Bull City Connector bus after a homemade chemical bomb exploded on board.
    Durham police said Wednesday that three teens getting off a Bull City Connector bus left a drink bottle that exploded around 9:35 p.m. Tuesday.
    Durham police said Wednesday that three teens getting off a Bull City Connector bus left a drink bottle that exploded around 9:35 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:01:10 GMT
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
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