An editorial in Sunday’s edition of the Fayetteville Observer says that now is no time for the state of North Carolina to ease the pressure on Duke Energy:
“The Southern Environmental Law Center sued in 2012 over the failure of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources under Perdue’s watch to regulate Duke’s coal-ash dumps effectively. The group says the situation changed under McCrory-appointed DENR chief John Skvarla – it got worse.
A judge’s ruling Thursday condemned Duke’s behavior and DENR’s haplessness.
Duke has resisted moving the coal ash to safer storage, while more abuses have come to light. DENR cited Duke last week for operating without permits. Duke also denied using additional corrugated pipe, the failure of which caused the Dan River spill. Investigators have since found repeated use of the material.
Amid this mess, Skvarla contradicted McCrory by questioning a mandated cleanup. Skvarla worried the state might get tied up in years of litigation. He’s giving McCrory cause to bring in someone serious about environmental protection to run DENR….
Duke Energy: poisoner of water and soil, enemy of public health and deceitful band of cheaters. That’s not the image shareholders want.
The gig is up. Duke must pay to clean up the ash and its own reputation.
Contrary to Skvarla’s view, the state should apply a firm hand in enforcing the judge’s ruling while looking for other violations. This will ensure that Duke understands: It has no other options.”
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