Duke Energy starts dredging river as coal ash deal dumped

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Duke Energy said it plans to begin dredging coal ash out of the Dan River on Tuesday after last week’s massive spill.

The Associated Press reported that lawyers for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources asked a judge Monday to disregard its own proposed settlement with Duke.

Under the deal, Duke would have paid fines of $99,111 for pollution that leaked from two coal dumps. Enough toxic sludge was spewed into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it will share the results from water samples taken from the river.

There is a settlement in place with Duke Energy over the spill, but now it’s on hold until an investigation is complete.

Gov. Pat McCrory said during a news conference Tuesday morning that he wants to learn more about the spill before making too many decisions.

2 comments

  • FaithC

    “Gov. Pat McCrory said during a news conference Tuesday morning that he wants to learn more about the spill before making too many decisions.”

    To many decisions? Has he made any? What does he have to learn…how much of a pay off he can get from Duke Energy before he holds them accountable? Sounds like business as usual.

    • Joe

      Yea, he has decided to find surplus money in this state that others couldn’t find. He also has proposed giving low wage teachers a raise. Also other state workers like State Highway Patrol. He has done a lot if you would quit listing to the liberal talking heads.

      He needs to find out ALL THE FACTS. I sure wish others would do the same instead of just reacting to status quoe.

      Use YOUR ability to find out facts before jumping into a post like this!

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