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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
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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 company’s Asheville plant could be headed for a major clean up.

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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 ...

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

Duke’s Asheville coal ash dams free from recent violations, regulators on site this week

March 12, 2014, No comments

In the aftermath of the 40,000-gallon coal ash spill on the Dan River, Duke Energy and North Carolina environmental regulators have said the two dams ...

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.

Judge: Duke must take ‘immediate action’ on coal ash groundwater contamination

March 7, 2014, No comments

Advocates hope to use a judge’s order Thursday to force Duke Energy to remove ash from its unlined ponds across North Carolina.

  • 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.