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Another day, another set of disturbing disclosures about Duke Energy’s coal ash pollution
Posted By Rob Schofield On March 18, 2014 @ 7:53 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled
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.”
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 this AP story: http://www.citizen-times.com/viewart/20140317/NEWS01/303170058/GOP-bill-protects-Duke-s-coal-ash
 this WRAL.com story: http://www.wral.com/environmentalists-raise-objections-to-duke-pumping-at-moncure-coal-ash-pond/13487624/
 Advocates blast McCrory/Duke coal ash plan : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/04/21/advocates-blast-mccroryduke-coal-ash-plan/
 Time is now for action on coal ash : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/02/06/time-is-now-for-action-on-coal-ash/
 Will coal ash end up in consumer products? : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/02/10/coal-ash-in-consumer-products/
 New poll : Majority of NC voters want Duke Energy to clean up all of its coal ash sites : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/03/05/new-poll-majority-of-nc-voters-want-duke-energy-to-clean-up-all-of-its-coal-ash-sites/
 DENR: Initial tests show water OK near coal ash spill; environmentalists remain concerned : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/02/05/denr-intial-tests-show-water-ok-near-coal-ash-spill-environmentalists-remain-concerned/
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