North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary John Skvarla presided over an hour-long press conference today in which he and some of his staff tried to put the best possible face on the ongoing Duke Energy coal ash disaster. WRAL.com will have a video of the entire event up online shortly.
While a fleet of journalists are still sifting through all of the statements and answers to their questions, it’s hard to see how Skvarla — whose main claim seemed to be that he’s been doing everything in his power on the coal ash issue, including, he said, partnering with environmental advocacy groups — helped himself very much.
The bottom line on the whole mess remains unchanged:
- There’s an ongoing environmental catastrophe in the state.
- The agency in charge of protecting the environment has been slashed and demoralized by the Governor and his Secretary.
- The Secretary has, contrary to his claims of “partnership,” Read More