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Coal ash could leak from landfills, environmentalists warn

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An environmental group suggested Monday that Duke Energy not bury its coal ash in landfills but turn it into large “saltstone” structures less likely to pollute. The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League held an afternoon news conference in Raleigh to urge that Duke not be allowed to use landfills to dispose of its waste from the Dan River ash basin ...

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Duke Energy: Cleaning up coal ash ‘is going to take time’

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Duke Energy made no promise to South Carolina regulators Monday that it would clean out and remove pollutant-riddled coal ash from waste ponds at an aging Upstate power plant. During a meeting with the state Public Service Commission in Columbia, Duke representatives said the company has more than 100 million tons of coal ash at power plants, some of which ...

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Residents: Quakes, fracking are linked

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NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The first time Judy Pack felt the earth move, she was asleep in her house in rural Mahoning County, just a few houses from the Pennsylvania state line. A natural-gas processing plant had recently been built across the street; Hilcorp Energy, a Texas oil company, had started drilling and fracking for gas about 3 miles away. ...

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EDITORIAL: This is no time for DENR to spare the rod

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Duke Energy sought permission last year to conduct routine maintenance at its Cape Fear River plant in Chatham County. Officials with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources knew the company might adjust water levels in its coal-ash ponds. State inspectors discovered a pumping operation last week that has dumped 61 million gallons of wastewater into the Cape Fear ...

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DENR abandons settlement with Duke over coal ash lawsuits

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The state’s environmental regulatory agency on Friday abandoned attempts to reach a settlement in its lawsuits against Duke Energy and also announced it was calling in its federal counterpart to help force the utility to clean up coal ash pollution. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources notified a Wake County Superior Court judge Friday that it wanted to ...

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