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Study: Coal ash not culprit for cancer-causing contaminant

An example of coal ash collected following cleanup of Duke Energy's coal ash waste. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A cancer-causing heavy metal found in water wells near coal ash pits and other industrial sites is much more widespread and naturally occurring than previously thought, university researchers said Wednesday. The presence of hexavalent chromium is more related to volcanic rock found in North Carolina and nearby states than the pits used to store the waste ...

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TVA seeks comment on Shawnee coal ash storage facility

A sample of the coal ash gathered from a river impacted by Duke Energy. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking public comment on a plan to remove and recirculate water used in the coal ash management process at a Kentucky power plant. TVA is proposing to build a dewatering facility for bottom ash at Shawnee Fossil Plant near Paducah. The proposal is part of TVA’s commitment to convert from wet ...

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Judge says waste leak from coal plant ponds is ‘alarming’

An example of coal ash collected following cleanup of Duke Energy's coal ash waste. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A state judge expressed alarm at the estimated 200 million gallons of contaminated water seeping annually from leaky ash-storage ponds at a Montana power plant serving customers across the Pacific Northwest — a problem that’s persisted for years after the company and state officials said they were addressing it. A 2012 deal between Montana environmental regulators ...

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NC reverses safety warning on well water near Duke ash dumps


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is reversing warnings about water that health officials said was too polluted to drink and now reassuring residents who live near pits that hold waste from decades of coal-burning for electricity that their well water is safe. The state health agency issued written warnings last April to the owners of 330 water wells near ...

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Some Colorado officials support rules on natural gas burning

Lawmakers of oil and gas producing states, as well as industry groups, have had mixed reactions to the proposed BLM flaring reduction rules. (Image: Tim Evanson via Flickr)

DENVER (AP) — More than two dozen elected officials from western Colorado cities and counties have endorsed a federal crackdown on oil companies that burn off natural gas on public land. They sent a letter to federal officials Monday saying the practice causes pollution and robs taxpayers of royalties they could have earned on the gas. The Obama administration proposed ...

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James River Association challenging Virginia coal ash permit

Looking west from the bridge over the James River on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. (Image: Thea Ganoe via Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The James River Association signaled its intent Wednesday to legally challenge a state permit allowing Virginia’s largest utility to discharge millions of gallons of treated coal ash wastewater into the James River. The decision is the second challenge of a January decision by the State Water Control Board. The board approved the discharges at former coal ...

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Costs of closing, cleaning toxic coal ash pits grows clearer

EDEN, N.C. (AP) — Giant earthmoving machines beep and grind as they drop 17-ton scoops of coal ash and dirt into dozens of railroad cars lined up for two-thirds of a mile at a site along the Virginia-North Carolina border, where the country’s largest electricity company was responsible for one of the worst spills of the toxic, liquefied waste in ...

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Kentucky Utilities, LG&E closing several coal ash ponds


LEXINGTON, Ky. — Prompted by new federal regulations, the state’s two largest utility companies are closing several storage ponds that collect the coal ash burned by power plants. Kentucky Utilities says it will spend $678 million to meet federal environmental requirements involving coal ash ponds. Louisville Gas & Electric will spend $316 million to do the same, by capping its ...

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Officials pursue control over fracking

A fracking rig sits in an farmers field in Colorado

SANFORD — The Lee and Chatham county representatives to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Legislative Goals Conference this week spearheaded an effort to make returning power to local governments when it comes to coal ash storage a priority for the N.C. General Assembly’s 2015 session. “The legislative goals process is pretty involved,” said Amy Dalrymple, chairwoman of the ...

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Two coal ash dams in Lumberton ‘high hazard’, says state


Steve DeVane | Fayetteville Observer LUMBERTON — State officials have classified two dams at a Duke Energy coal ash pond in Lumberton as “high hazard” because people could be killed and homes damaged if they failed. In a separate action, four conservation groups filed federal lawsuits Wednesday against Duke over three other coal ash sites. The Southern Environmental Law Center ...

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