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Esquire’s Charles Pierce pulls no punches in explaining North Carolina’s coal ash problem
Posted By Rob Schofield On April 9, 2014 @ 10:30 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled
Fiery Esquire journalist Charles Pierce weighed in on the Duke coal ash mess yesterday afternoon in this column  and, as you can see, he pulled no punches:
“There’s a lot of very weird stuff going on in the newly insane state of North Carolina. The state has a problem with coal ash, and with its groundwater, and with the reluctance of Duke Energy to clean up, among other things, the 39,000 fking [tons*] of the gunk that it spilled into the Dan River in February. The state’s Environmental Management Commission decided that Duke Energy needed a “reasonable amount of time” to correct the groundwater violations. (As should be obvious, you could sail a coal barge through that adjective there.) A Superior Court judge said to hell with that noise and reversed the commission’s findings, demanding that the clean-up begin immediately.
And you will never guess what the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission did.
No, really, you will never guess.
Told you that you wouldn’t believe it.
Read the rest of Pierce’s column by clicking here .
*… Pierce’s column understated this figure as 39,000 pounds.
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URLs in this post:
 this column: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/north-carolina-appeals-coal-ash-ruling-040814#comments
 They appealed the judge’s ruling.: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/07/4825249/state-will-appeal-coal-ash-ruling.html#.U0RUwVfYHPM
 Breaking: Court orders Duke Energy to eliminate sources of groundwater contamination at coal plants immediately : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/03/06/breaking-court-orders-duke-energy-to-clean-up-coal-ash-groundwater-contamination-immediately/
 Why the Duke coal ash mess is now “a legal and political nightmare” as well : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/04/09/duke-coal-ash-mess-now-a-legal-and-political-nightmare-as-well/
 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/
 Another day, another set of disturbing disclosures about Duke Energy’s coal ash pollution : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/03/18/another-day-another-set-of-disturbing-disclosures-about-duke-energys-coal-ash-pollution/
 Coal Ash clean up, mixed messages cloud governor’s approval rating (audio) : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/03/13/coal-ash-clean-up-mixed-messages-cloud-governors-approval-rating-audio/
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