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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
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April 23, 2014, No comments

New legislation including tighter coal ash disposal regulations and cleanup requirements is growing more likely as lawmakers prepare to return to Raleigh for their first legislative session since a massive coal ash spill on the Dan River in February highlighted years of alleged scant oversight.

Lake Julian is held back by one of three Duke Energy dams at its coal-fired electricity plant. March 11, 2014. Photo by Micah Wilkins/Carolina Public Press

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

April 23, 2014, No comments

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 ...

Lake Julian is held back by one of three Duke Energy dams at its coal-fired electricity plant. March 11, 2014. Photo by 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, No comments

Conservation and progressive advocacy groups gathered Thursday on the shores of Lake Julian to call on Gov. Pat McCory to reveal his level of financia ...

  • 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, No comments

    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.