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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 [1] 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.

Give up?

They appealed the judge’s ruling. [2]

Told you that you wouldn’t believe it.

Read the rest of Pierce’s column by clicking here [1].

*… Pierce’s column understated this figure as 39,000 pounds.

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[1] this column: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/north-carolina-appeals-coal-ash-ruling-040814#comments

[2] They appealed the judge’s ruling.: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/07/4825249/state-will-appeal-coal-ash-ruling.html#.U0RUwVfYHPM

[3] 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/

[4] 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/

[5] 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/

[6] 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/

[7] 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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