Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Info on the Dan River Spill in Virginia and North Carolina: Danville, VA newspaper

Official: Coal ash will not affect wastewater treatment
Posted: February 17, 2014
Wastewater being treated at the Danville Wastewater Treatment Plant — before being returned to the Dan River — will be safe as ever, despite the coal ash spill at Duke Energy’s Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C., on Feb. 2, according to Barry D...

NC Gov. McCrory briefed on Duke coal ash lawsuit
Posted: February 17, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina's top environmental official said Monday that he briefed Gov. Pat McCrory before intervening in lawsuits against Duke Energy, resulting in a negotiated settlement that fined the $50 billion corporation $99,000 to res...

Scenic River designation likely not in danger
Posted: February 17, 2014
Last year, a team from the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation paddled canoes and kayaks up the Dan River from Berry Hill Bridge to Abreu-Grogan Park and decided to back local officials’ efforts to get the 15-mile stretch of the river officially named a “Scenic River” by the Virginia General Assembly.

Could stricter oversight have prevented spill?
Posted: February 16, 2014
You couldn’t exactly say that regulators oozed personality at last week’s public hearing 20 miles downstream from Duke Energy’s massive coal ash spill.
NC lawmakers push Duke to clean up coal ash dumps
Posted: February 15, 2014
As federal prosecutors launch a criminal investigation into Duke Energy's massive coal ash spill on the Dan River, two North Carolina lawmakers say they will push legislation to force the nation's largest electricity provider to clean out its leaky waste dumps across the state.

UPDATE: Duke: Second leaking pipe at coal ash dump no danger
Updated: February 15, 2014 - 12:18 pm
Duke Energy says a second pipe under a coal ash dump in North Carolina is not in immediate danger of collapse, despite concerns from state regulators that the pipe could fail and trigger another toxic spill into the Dan River.

Gov. McCrory denies Duke coal ash deal involvement
Updated: February 15, 2014 - 12:04 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory denied Friday he had any talks with Duke Energy executives or lobbyists about his administration's scuttled deal to settle environmental violations at two of the $50 billion company's coal ash dumps

Feds urge residents to report dead wildlife
Posted: February 14, 2014
With thousands of tons of coal ash in the Dan River, what are local nature lovers to do if they see dead or dying wildlife along the river?

UPDATE: Criminal investigation launched in coal ash spill
Posted: February 13, 2014
Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a massive coal ash spill into a North Carolina river, demanding that Duke Energy and state regulators hand over reams of documents related to the accident that left a waterway polluted with tons of toxic sludge.

Duke Energy reports wastewater spill
Posted: February 13, 2014
Duke Energy says there was an unpermitted discharge of wastewater into the Dan River from the Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C, but stressed coal ash was not involved.

What happens when the river floods?
Posted: February 13, 2014
In the days ahead, the snow will melt, and the resulting water could bring the Dan River high enough to flood its banks, burying parts of the Riverwalk Trail and running up on lawns and farmland.

Resident reports dead turtles, missing wildlife
Posted: February 13, 2014
Morris Lawson is not happy with response to the coal ash spill at Duke Energy’s closed Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C.

Environmental group claims new source of Dan River pollution
Posted: February 13, 2014
An environmental group and Duke Energy have differing views on the likelihood that a still-flowing drainage pipe at Duke’s Dan River plant has continued to send coal-ash pollution into the river.

Testing shows city water still within federal standards
Posted: February 11, 2014
“It’s safe; you can drink the water,” Myles Bartos, on-scene coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, told a standing room-only crowd in Danville City Council chambers Tuesday night.

Duke plans to dredge river as coal ash deal dumped
Posted: February 11, 2014
Duke Energy said Tuesday it plans to begin dredging coal ash out of a North Carolina river as the state's environmental agency moved to scuttle a previously proposed settlement with the company over pollution leaking from waste dumps at its power plants.

EPA checking water, sediment
Posted: February 10, 2014
In the nine days since a coal ash storage basin at Duke Energy’s old Dan River Steam Station spilled an estimated 27 million gallons of water and 82,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River in Eden, N.C., people in boats and on riverbanks collecting water samples has become a familiar sight.
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