Outrage Grows Over Duke Energy’s NC CoalAshGate

The word is getting out about Duke Energy’s NC CoalAshGate.

Media outlets across the country are picking up on this story (see below).

Please send a message to Duke and our regulators that they need to clean up this mess and clean up their act. Take action below. It’s just a click away.

Duke Energy belatedly pledges to overhaul coal-ash storage, after destroying river
By John Upton
“For years, environmentalists in North Carolina have been pressuring and suing Duke Energy in an attempt to get the company to clean up its coal-ash disposal sites. Duke dismissed the enviros and assured federal officials that its coal-ash ponds were safe.”
“Yes, finally Duke gets it. All it took was an environmental disaster.” Read the full article at Duke Energy belatedly pledges to overhaul coal-ash storage, after destroying river

North Carolina Protected Duke Energy from Pollution Complaints Before the Company’s Coal Ash Disaster

By Molly Redden
“The Associated Press reports that McCrory’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources blocked three federal Clean Water Act suits in 2013 by stepping in with its own enforcement authority “at the last minute.” This protected Duke from the kinds of stiff fines and penalties that can result from federal lawsuits. Instead, state regulators arranged settlements that carried miniscule financial penalties and did not require Duke to change how it stores the toxic byproducts of its coal-fired power plants. After blocking the first three suits, which were brought by the Southern Environmental Law Center, the state filed notices saying that it would handle environmental enforcement at every one of Duke’s remaining North Carolina coal ash storage sites—protecting the company from Clean Water Act lawsuits linked to its coal waste once and for all.”
“The Dan River disaster became public on February 3—one day after Duke officials had been alerted that a pipe beneath a coal ash storage pit of nearly 30 acres had ruptured. “The company reports that up to 82,000 tons of coal ash mixed with 27 million gallons of contaminated water drained out, turning the river gray and cloudy for miles,” the AP reports. “The accident ranks as the third largest such coal ash spill in the nation’s history.”” Read the full article at North Carolina Protected Duke Energy from Pollution Complaints Before the Company’s Coal Ash Disaster.

NC officials have fought coal-ash clean-ups that would have prevented Duke Energy’s monster spill
Meteor Blades
“After a private meeting with Duke officials, McCrory told reporters last week that his administration had been the first to take legal action over coal ash ponds. But eco-activists view that as a way for the governor to protect his old employers from far greater penalties they might encounter in a federal courtroom.”
“Coal ash isn’t just a problem in North Carolina. The stuff is less regulated than the garbage can under your sink.”
Read the full report at NC officials have fought coal-ash clean-ups that would have prevented Duke Energy’s monster spill.

NC regulators shielded Duke’s coal ash pollution
Associated Press.
“The state agency has blocked the citizen lawsuits by intervening at the last minute to assert its own authority under the federal act to take enforcement action. After negotiating with Duke, the state proposed settlements where the nation’s largest electricity provider pays modest fines but is under no requirement to actually clean up its coal ash ponds.”
“Clean water advocates have long complained that state regulators are too cozy with the polluters they regulate. But they say that coordination and cooperation has become even more overt since the January 2013 inauguration of Gov. Pat McCrory, a pro-business Republican who worked at Duke Energy for 28 years.” Read the full article at NC regulators shielded Duke’s coal ash pollution.

Isn’t it time to speak out and take action?

Want to send a message to Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good? You betcha’! Click here to sign the Sierra Club petition – Sign the Petition: Tell Duke to clean up its coal ash

Want to send a message to Governor Pat and your NC elected officials? You betcha’! Click here to sign the NC Conservation Network’s petition – Two toxic spills in NC: Tell NC DENR and state leaders the public deserves better

Want to send a message to NC DENR? You betcha’! Click here to sign the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy action alert  – Urgent: Demand protections for NC’s communities and waterways

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