Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Coal ash spill briefing slated Tuesday

Coal      ash spill briefing slated Tuesday         

GoDanRiver staff | Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:34 pm        

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will hold a community briefing and update on the coal ash spill Tuesday in Danville.
Officials from the VDEQ, the Department of Health and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will give a public update on how those agencies are responding to the spill that occurred at Duke Energy’s old Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C.
The briefing will take place from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in the City Council Chambers on the fourth floor of the Danville Municipal Building at 427 Patton St.

This is our river — or is it?        

Saturday, March 15, 2014 8:00 pm

The morning before the snow came a couple weeks ago, the Riverwalk Trail was strangely silent. There were no sounds of chirping birds as there had been the day before when the city had enjoyed spring like temperatures.


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N.C. wants faster coal ash removal

Friday, March 14, 2014 6:49 pm

Just two days after Duke Energy told North Carolina officials in a letter that it plans to remove coal ash from its Dan River ponds, the state’s environmental regulators said Friday they plan to change the company’s wastewater permits to mandate elimination of unauthorized discharges and removal of coal ash from its basins at Riverbend and Asheville power plants.


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Regulators plan to modify permits at 2 ash dumps

Friday, March 14, 2014 5:54 pm

Regulators in North Carolina say they plan to modify permits at two Duke Energy coal ash ponds to stop pollution from seeping into public waterways, but environmental groups say the action doesn't go far enough.


Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:21 pm

Democrats at the North Carolina legislature rolled out a nine-point proposal Thursday to dispose of and monitor coal ash now sitting in pits throughout the state, saying Duke Energy and state officials have waited too long to address their environmental risk.


Duke: Cleanup at Dan River plant will take 2 years

Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:19 pm

Duke Energy says it plans to move three leaky coal ash pits away from North Carolina waterways, including one that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge.


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Emails show close ties between Duke, NC regulators

Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:22 pm

Internal emails between staff at North Carolina's environmental agency suggest state regulators were coordinating with Duke Energy before intervening in efforts by citizens groups trying to sue the company over groundwater pollution leeching from its coal ash dumps.


NC utilities chairman to testify in probe

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 5:25 pm

North Carolina's top utilities regulator has been subpoenaed as part of the broadening criminal investigation triggered by last month's massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge.


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NC governor: Panel should decide who foots pond bill

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:37 pm

Gov. Pat McCrory says he's going to stay out of the debate whether his former employer Duke Energy should be able to pass the costs of closing North Carolina's coal ash ponds on to consumers.


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Va. taking long-term review of spill; will hold Duke 'fully accountable'

Monday, March 10, 2014 11:25 am

RICHMOND — Virginia is examining any potential long-term environmental damage from a North Carolina coal ash spill on the Dan River and will hold Duke Energy "fully accountable" if any is found, the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality said Monday.