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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE MOUNT HOLLY CITY COUNCIL & PLANNING COMMISSION

April 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

From our friends at         Seen this sign? It’s located on the edge of Duke Energy’s Riverbend plant in Mount Holly, N.C., about 12 miles from Uptown Charlotte. It’s a rezoning notice. It’s hard to spot, and you can’t read it unless you make the effort to stop, get out of your car and walk to it. Thanks to Twitter user @hotcakes_33, a resident of the nearby Stonewater community, for pointing it out. Here’s what it says, in case you can’t read it in this image: NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE MOUNT HOLLY CITY COUNCIL & PLANNING COMMISSION The City of [...]

What’s in coal ash?

March 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

What’s in coal ash? FEATURED Posted on December 14, 2012 by Rhiannon Fionn-Bowman More than 25 percent of the chemical elements listed on the periodic table can be found in coal and coal ash. What’s in coal ash? 25.64 percent of the periodic table. Click on the element’s names to learn more about them from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry(ATSDR) TOX Profiles or the World Health Organization (WHO) website. 4 – Be – Beryllium 11 – Na – Sodium 12 – Mg – Magnesium 13 – Al – Aluminum 16 – S – Sulfur 19 – K – Potassium 20 – Ca [...]

Map the spill: Three leaks, ONE dischage permit

February 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Map the spill: Three leaks, ONE dischage permit From Pete Harrison, an attorney for the Waterkeeper Alliance: Here is a map showing approximate locations of: the ongoing seepage pouring over orange rocks that Waterkeeper identified (orange line) the 48” pipe that collapsed on Feb. 2 causing the major spill event (red line) the 36” pipe that is now under question (yellow line) the only NPDES-permitted outfall for the entire ash impoundment (green line) Note that this is an approximation, based on incomplete information, and subject to [...]

NCDENR has known about groundwater contamination at Duke Energy’s Dan River plant for years

February 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

NCDENR has known about groundwater contamination at Duke Energy’s Dan River plant for years   In 2000, the coal industry made a deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: It would self-monitor groundwater contamination if the agency did not regulate coal ash. Some of those promised groundwater monitoring wells weren’t installed until Dec. 2008 — the same month as the Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash disaster in Kingston, Tenn. So, there isn’t as much data as there should be. From Appalachian Voices, circa 2009, on groundwater contamination in North Carolina due to [...]

Time to Hold Duke Energy Accountable for Dangerous Coal Ash Impoundments to Prevent Next Spill

February 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

From    —    Rhiannon Fionn | February 15, 2014 3:45 pm            and —  EcoNews North Carolina, home to more high-hazard coal ash impoundments than any other state, has been ground-zero for coal-ash issues for years … long before the lawsuits began to fly. That’s probably because the state’s largest city, Charlotte, is home to the nation’s largest energy producer and anti-coal-ash-regulation lobbyist, Duke Energy. The city is also home to former Duke Energy employee and current state governor Pat McCrory as well as a drinking water reservoir with two [...]

Remember when the EPA warned Duke Energy about its Dan River coal ash ponds?

February 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Remember when the EPA warned Duke Energy about its Dan River coal ash ponds?           No? Well, the Internet does. The report,published in 2009, points out five recommendations to improve the structural integrity of the Dan River plant’s coal ash waste ponds. Duke Energy Corporation – Dan River Steam Station Cover Letter (PDF) (4 pp, 1 MB) Comments (PDF) (4 pp, 27 KB) Draft Report (PDF) (111 pp, 20 MB) Final Report (PDF) (133pp, 22 MB) Company Response/Action Plan (PDF) (4 pp, [...]

City of Danville using Duke Energy’s sampling results to soothe public fears over water contamination

February 5, 2014 // 2 Comments

From our friends at CoalAshChronicles.com City of Danville using Duke Energy’s sampling results to soothe public fears over water contamination While the Danville, Va., water utility is reporting that the water in their city is fine, you might want to know that they’re making that statement based in part on water sample testing that was done by Duke Energy — the company is collecting the samples and processing them in their private lab at its McGuire nuclear plant in Huntersville, N.C. Barry Dunkley, the division director of water and wastewater treatment for Danville Utilities, [...]