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Regional Coal Ash News: Toxic Cleanup, Legal Woes and EPA Changes

Over two dozen workers who helped clean up the December 2008 TVA coal ash disaster have died, and surviving workers and family members are suing. Duke Energy faces legal trouble for withholding dam safety information. The EPA is being challenged for retracting a 30-day public comment extension on coal ash guidelines.

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Duke Energy coal ash pollution in Dan River Basin prompts citizens’ step toward Federal Court

Coal ash from Duke Energy’s Belews Creek plant in eastern North Carolina is polluting the rivers and lakes near the site. Photo via Flickr

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – On behalf of Appalachian Voices, the North Carolina Conference of NAACP Branches, and the Stokes County Branch of the NAACP, the Southern Environmental Law Center today sent a notice of intent to sue Duke Energy to

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Duke Energy wants to raise your power bill

If utility regulators approve Duke Energy's requested rate hike, customers in North Carolina could pay hundreds more each year for electricity.

Duke Energy is asking the North Carolina Utilities Commission for approval to raise rates for its residential customers by more than 16 percent. But North Carolinians are already paying the cost for Duke Energy’s mess.

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A Burning Issue: The Health Costs of Coal Ash

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Coal ash has been linked to a number of health problems, and community concerns have spurred researchers from the University of North Carolina to investigate drinking water wells in the state.

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Third Coal Ash Recycling Site Announced in NC

Duke Energy plans to follow state law and construct a third coal ash recycling plant in Moncure, N.C.

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Utilities Face Legal Challenges in Ongoing Coal Ash Cleanup

Duke Energy and Dominion Energy, both energy utilities, face legal challenges as they struggle to cut costs while meeting their requirements to clean up their coal ash ponds. And new regulations in Kentucky worry some.

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Duke Energy Wants to Raise Rates to Pay for Coal Ash Cleanup

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Energy giant Duke Energy has signaled to the North Carolina Utilities Commission that it will seek to raise its rates, in part to pay for the nearly $5 billion needed to clean up its coal ash impoundments.

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Coal Ash Storage and Cleanup Problems Continue Across the Southeast

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Across the Southeast, problems related to the cleanup and storage of coal ash continue to plague area residents.

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Could Concrete Help Get Coal Ash Out of Neighborhoods?

Coal ash stored at Duke Energy’s power plant in Asheville, N.C., was used as structural fill at the city’s airport. Photo © Copyright 2011 Roy Tennant, FreeLargePhotos.com

More than 150 million tons of coal ash are stored in impoundment ponds across North Carolina. Recycling the ash for use in concrete may provide a way to remove this toxic material from neighborhoods.

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Gov. Cooper nominates new environmental secretary

Michael Regan, who was appointed this week as secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, pledged to increase transparency at the agency.

Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed Michael Regan as the next secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. Regan pledged to develop greater transparency at the agency. That alone could signal a shift from the prior DEQ leadership’s approach to public engagement on environmental issues.

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