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Duke Energy still doesn’t get it – maybe today’s protest will help
Posted By Rob Schofield On May 1, 2014 @ 7:27 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled
In a corporate “sustainability report,” Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good said yesterday  that her company needs to “a better job of safely managing our coal ash ponds.”
Uh, Earth to Lynn: That’s not gonna cut it. Duke doesn’t need to “manage” its ponds; it needs to get rid of them ASAP. As the experts at the Southern Environmental Law Center noted in this recent newsletter :
“The best option has always been to move the ash into dry, lined landfills away from water sources. Thanks to legal pressure from SELC, that’s just what major utilities in South Carolina have agreed to do. South Carolina Gas and Electric has already begun removing 2.4 million tons of coal ash from lagoons at its plant on the Wateree River. And in November, after months of litigation and negotiations, Santee Cooper committed to clean up 11 million tons of coal ash throughout its system.
Duke Energy should do the responsible thing and follow their lead. The state of North Carolina should immediately move to put in place clear, enforceable requirements to recycle coal ash or move it to lined landfills away from our waterways. To do otherwise is to ignore both the public will and the public good.”
Let’s hope citizens and advocacy groups keep up the pressure on Duke to stop stalling and start acting on the state’s coal ash crisis. In this vein hundreds of protesters will gather today  for a large protest against Duke’s policies in downtown Charlotte. Click here  and here  for more information.
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 said yesterday: http://www.news-record.com/news/dan_river/article_054f1c4a-d0df-11e3-ba61-0017a43b2370.html
 this recent newsletter: http://www.southernenvironment.org/uploads/publications/Newsletter_Spring14_F.DIGITAL.pdf
 hundreds of protesters will gather today: http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50902/p/salsa/event/common/public/index.sjs?event_KEY=76833
 here: http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/protesters-prep-uptown-gathering-thursday/nfmM5/
 Time is now for action on coal ash : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/02/06/time-is-now-for-action-on-coal-ash/
 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/
 Advocates blast McCrory/Duke coal ash plan : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/04/21/advocates-blast-mccroryduke-coal-ash-plan/
 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/
 EPA provides update on Dan River, environmentalists press for an end to unsafe coal ash storage (video) : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/02/19/epa-provides-update-on-the-dan-river-environmentalists-press-for-an-end-to-coal-ash-ponds-video/
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