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Congress Comes Together to Set Modified Terms for Coal Ash Disposal

Congress Comes Together to Set Modified Terms for Coal Ash Disposal

It looks as Congress will amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act that sets the terms for coal ash disposal. Both chambers have passed similar measures that, in essence, would give the states more say when it comes setting such standards.

Coal Ash Now Layered in One More Controversy

Coal Ash Now Layered in One More Controversy

Coal ash is now layered in one more controversy: whether the toxins pollute the ground water and whether it is a violation of the Clean Water Act. A federal judge in Virginia is deciding this issue. It’s a result of the Sierra Club suit against Dominion Resources, which wants the coal ash moved to a place where it can’t pollute the ground water.

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Georgia Power to Close All 29 Coal Ash Ponds

Georgia Power is developing a closure timeline for all of its 29 coal ash ponds and expects to finalize and release the schedule within the next six months. The company says the closure and schedule is a response to the EPA’s Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) Rule as well as the … Read more »

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Radioactive Contaminants Found in Coal Ash

A Duke University-led study shows the presence of radioactive contaminants in coal ash from all three major US coal-producing basins. The study found that levels of radioactivity in the ash in the Illinois, Appalachian and Powder River basins were up to five times higher than in normal soil, and up … Read more »

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Duke Energy Begins Submitting Groundwater Assessment Reports

Duke Energy has begun submitting comprehensive groundwater assessments to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) for each of the 14 coal plants in the state. Duke Energy says it and NCDENR will use this science and engineering, along with other information, to determine how best to … Read more »

Duke to Close 12 Additional Coal Ash Basins

Duke Energy says it plans to close an additional 12 coal ash basins in North Carolina and reused the material in lined structural fills or permanently disposed it in lined landfills. The announcement brings to 24 the total number of Carolinas basins the company is prepared to close by removing … Read more »

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Duke Energy Fined $102M for Clean Water Act Crimes

Three subsidiaries of Duke Energy, the largest utility in the US, pleaded guilty to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act at several of its North Carolina facilities and agreed to pay a $68 million criminal fine and spend $34 million on environmental projects and land conservation to benefit … Read more »

Arrowhead Landfill Accepts Utilities’ Coal Ash

Green Group Holdings says its Arrowhead Landfill facility in Alabama is ready to accept coal combustion residuals (CCR) — coal ash — from utility companies looking to avoid civil litigation risks brought on by the new federal regulations. The EPA regulations on CCR establish disposal standards, monitoring obligations, and associated … Read more »

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Duke Will Contest NC ‘Regulatory Overreach’, $25M Fine

Duke Energy yesterday said it will contest the civil penalty issued by North Carolina environmental regulators related to the L.V. Sutton Steam Electric Plant in Wilmington. Earlier this month the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources fined Duke Energy $25.1 million for groundwater violations at the Wilmington facility. … Read more »

Duke Energy fined $25 million over coal ash pollution

Duke Energy has been fined $25 million by North Carolina environmental officials over pollution from coal ash pits at its retired coal power plant. Power Engineering reports that the North Carolina environmental department issued the fine last week over ongoing groundwater contamination at the L.V. Sutton Electric Plant outside Wilmington. … Read more »

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Duke, US Reach $102.2M Coal Ash Spill Proposed Agreement

Duke Energy has reached a proposed agreement with the US government that, if approved, would close a federal investigation of its subsidiaries, Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Business Services, related to last year’s Dan River coal ash spill as well as ash basin operations at other … Read more »