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Groups say fly ash near state prison in Fayette County, Pa. causing health problems


Don Hopey | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A report released today raises concerns about inmate cancers and other serious health ailments at a state prison that sits next to a massive Fayette County coal waste dump full of toxic fly ash. The preliminary report on the ongoing investigation by two human rights organizations into prisoner health at the State Correctional Institution Fayette ...

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Fracking: Rockingham residents drilling for facts


Danielle Battaglia | The News & Record Residents along the Dan River overcame a coal ash spill Feb. 2, and now those same people are worrying about another possible threat to their beloved waterway — fracking. Energy companies have announced plans to mine a portion of western Rockingham County for methane gas by using fracking in the next year, and ...

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Coal ash cleanup timelines criticized


Kate Elizabeth Queram, the Star-News Officials with Duke Energy said Monday that adhering to a proposed timeline for decommissioning coal ash basins across the state could be difficult, as closing procedures will vary widely from site to site. The timeline, drafted by state legislators in a bill currently making its way to the Senate floor, would require each of the ...

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North Carolina Lawmakers Push Deadlines For Coal Ash Cleanup

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By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers are pressing for firm deadlines to be added to legislation aimed at stopping pollution leaking from Duke Energy’s unlined coal ash dumps. Members of a state Senate committee reviewing Gov. Pat McCrory’s plan on Thursday questioned why it doesn’t include a timetable. They want a specific schedule setting ...

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Rural NC sites become dump grounds for unwanted coal ash

BY JOHN MURAWSKI Years before the accidental coal ash spill into the Dan River in February, the waste was being dumped into creeks, wetlands and vacant fields across the state. Scores of private ash sites were originally proposed for legitimate construction use — such as building an airstrip or a parking lot — but the construction didn’t always take place. ...

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Duke Energy begins coal-ash dredging in Dan River


By Bruce Henderson, The Charlotte Observer  DANVILLE, Va. — With the clatter of heavy machinery, the cleanup of the ash-laden Dan River will begin in earnest this week. The biggest ash deposit yet found in the Dan, following a Feb. 2 spill 25 miles upriver at Duke Energy’s Dan River power plant, lies on the bottom just above Danville’s water intake. The ...

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Duke: Moving Coal Ash Would Cost up to $10 Billion


By Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press Duke Energy told North Carolina lawmakers Tuesday that removing all of the company’s coal ash away from the state’s rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion, with its electricity customers likely footing nearly all the bill. In a presentation to a state legislative committee, Duke’s North Carolina president Paul ...

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Duke Energy to take ‘fact-based approach’ to ash ponds

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Duke Energy says outside engineers will finish assessing its coal ash ponds, following a February spill into the Dan River, by May 31. In a statement Wednesday that largely repeats what CEO Lynn Good wrote Gov. Pat McCrory on March 12, Duke said it will take a “disciplined, fact-based approach to evaluating long-term solutions for ash basins.” Duke has said ...

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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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