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Duke Energy's Asheville plant. Micah Wilkins/Carolina Public Press
June 25, 2014, 1 Comment

The N.C. Senate gave tentative approval Tuesday to a bill that makes Duke Energy close its 33 coal ash ponds in the state within 15 years, but it blocked a vote on shifting costs away from consumers.

Duke Energy North Carolina State President Paul Newton talks to reporters after a legislative hearing Tuesday concerning the state's coal ash sites. Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press

As likelihood of new NC coal ash legislation increases, so do questions about Asheville ponds, nearby groundwater

April 23, 2014, Comments Off

New legislation including tighter coal ash disposal regulations and cleanup requirements is growing more likely as lawmakers prepare to return to Rale ...

Duke Energy's Asheville plant. Micah Wilkins/Carolina Public Press

Latest Asheville coal-ash dam inspections find issues Duke must monitor, address

April 23, 2014, Comments Off

In the latest inspection records, obtained by Carolina Public Press, regulators found wetness on one of the Asheville coal ash dams owned by Duke Ener ...

Duke Energy's Asheville plant. Micah Wilkins/Carolina Public Press

As Duke Energy seeks enviro permit renewal in Asheville, CEO says changes likely at coal ash ponds

March 17, 2014, 1 Comment

The future of Duke Energy’s 14 coal ash waste sites in North Carolina is not yet clear, but there are growing indications that the ponds at the comp ...

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    Groups call on McCrory to ‘come clean’ about ties to Duke Energy
    March 14, 2014, Comments Off

    Conservation and progressive advocacy groups gathered Thursday on the shores of Lake Julian to call on Gov. Pat McCory to reveal his level of financial investment into Duke Energy and to lead an effort to clean up 37 coal ash sites across t ...

  • A view from above the Progress Energy power plant in Skyland shows the magnitude of coal it takes to power the company's 164,000 customers in Western North Carolina. Photo courtesy of SouthWings.
    McCrory to Duke: Move coal ash away from drinking-water sources
    February 26, 2014, Comments Off

    Gov. Pat McCrory and environment Secretary John Skvarla wrote Duke CEO Lynn Good that “as a state we will not stand by while coal ash ponds remain a danger due to their proximity to where so many North Carolinians get their drinking water ...

  • An archive photo from 2012 of two coal ash ponds sit near the back of the Progress Energy power plant in Skyland. The ponds can hold up to 450 million gallons of concentrated wet coal ash. Photo courtesy of SouthWings.
    Unlined coal ash ponds present ongoing problem
    February 10, 2014, Comments Off

    Duke Energy has 14 unlined coal ash ponds in North Carolina, and in August the state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Southern Environmental Law Center brought suit against Duke Energy over these sites.

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About 30 demonstrators gathered outside Duke Energy Center on S. Tryon Street, Thursday Feb. 06, 2014, protesting Duke Energy's leaking ash pond in Eden, N.C.
    McCrory: Dan River coal ash spill is ‘serious’
    February 7, 2014, Comments Off

    Gov. Pat McCrory demanded Thursday that Duke Energy, his former employer, control a coal ash pond spill that has leaked contaminants into the Dan River for five days.