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Duke Energy's Asheville plant. Micah Wilkins/Carolina Public Press
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August 20, 2014, Comments Off

Both chambers put Charlotte-based Duke Energy on track to drain its 33 North Carolina ash ponds within 15 years. But last-minute changes between them derailed the bill on Aug. 1 and appeared unlikely to be resolved until at least November, if not next year.

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

NC enviro officials: Duke must submit Asheville coal ash plan by Nov. 15

August 14, 2014, Comments Off

North Carolina’s environmental agency asked Duke Energy on Wednesday to submit plans for removing coal ash from four high-priority power plants, inc ...

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

NC Senate approves coal-ash pond cleanups

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 bloc ...

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 ...

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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 ...