Another day, another set of disturbing disclosures about Duke Energy’s coal ash pollution

Coal AshAt least two stories on the entity that seems to be fast becoming North Carolina’s Public Enemy #1 (Duke Energy) are worth your time this morning if you didn’t catch them last night.

First is this AP story about how Duke lobbyists undermined the efforts of environmental advocates last year by getting friendly legislators to slip a provision into an omnibus deregulation bill that did their bidding on coal ash regulations:

“Documents and interviews collected by The Associated Press show how Duke’s lobbyists prodded Republican legislators to tuck a 330-word provision in a regulatory reform bill running nearly 60 single-spaced pages.

Though the bill never once mentions coal ash, the change allowed Duke to avoid any costly cleanup of contaminated groundwater leaching from its unlined dumps toward rivers, lakes and the drinking wells of nearby homeowners….”

Second is this WRAL.com story about Duke pumping coal ash into a stream that leads to the Cape Fear River:

“Advocates with the Waterkeeper Alliance say pictures they released Monday of workers for Duke Energy pumping water from a coal ash pond into a stream that feeds the Cape Fear River shows the company violating state and federal clean water rules.

Duke officials don’t dispute they were pumping the water, but they say they were allowed to do so for maintenance work under current permits for the pond, which is at a retired power plant in Moncure.

‘To label the secret, unmitigated, intentional discharge of untold amounts of highly toxic wastewater as ‘routine maintenance’ seems ludicrous,’ said Peter Harrison of the Waterkeeper Alliance.”

 

3 Comments

  1. LayintheSmakDown

    March 18, 2014 at 8:53 am

    And don’t forget this one. Boy, Pat and his DENR have a lot to clean up from all those years of the corrupt progressive DENR under the democrats. I guess he and the current NCGA are used to it though. This state was circling the drain and they have turned things around to an amazing degree considering the mess that was handed them.

    http://www.wect.com/story/24995653/coal-ash-found-at-brunswick-county-school

  2. Alan

    March 18, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Another reflexive/defensive position on all things GOP. It gets tiring after a while having to read the exact same word salad irrespective of the topic, “all those years of the corrupt progressive DENR under the democrats”, really? I’m surprised you didn’t state “140 years of corrupt democrat(ic) rule”. Can you please identify this corruption, since it was going on for so long? The article you linked to makes no mention, or connection to, “democrats”. Perhaps this was done with no knowledge of the state, DENR, or Republicans or “democrats”?

    “they have turned things around to an amazing degree”, according to who exactly? Civitas, JLF, anyone else?

  3. Lucinda

    March 18, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    The DENR does have a lot to clean-up, especially in the area of coal ash ponds disposal. However, I wouldn’t credit Governor McCrory and Mr. Skvarla with being keen to do that. From the evidence, it seems their focus was “customer service” where the customer was identified as being the industries it was their job to regulate. Not the citizens and certainly not the state’s environment.