Gov. Pat McCrory says he will likely sign a coal ash cleanup bill approved last week by the North Carolina legislature into law, even though he suggested a key provision violates the state Constitution.
Legislators’ adoption of a coal ash bill this week was a good first step to a challenging task, but the job remains unfinished, environmental groups say.
North Carolina lawmakers Wednesday praised new legislation they say will regulate coal-ash pits and clean up decades of toxic waste generated by coal-burning electricity plants.
The nation's largest public utility has agreed to pay $27.8 million to settle claims from Tennessee property owners who suffered damages from a huge, 2008 spill of toxin-laden coal ash sludge that drew national attention to coal ash and its toxic contaminants.
Senate Republican leaders are blaming three "rogue" House members of trying to kill the coal ash bill compromise late Thursday.
North Carolina lawmakers said Thursday they still haven't reached agreement on legislation requiring Duke Energy to limit pollution leaking from its coal ash dumps across the state, nearly six months after a spill coated 70 miles of the Dan River with sludge.
Brandon Atkins spends a quiet afternoon fishing the banks of the Dan River at Draper Landing on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Eden, N.C. He tosses…
Kedric Travis, 10, Ethan Towery, 11 and his bother Woogie Towery,8, from Ruffin came to play in the water and mud along the Dan River at Drape…
Jay Briand says the Dan River is home away from home after years of fishing the river at Draper Landing on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Eden, N.C…
Kedric Travis, 10, Ethan Towery, 11 and his bother, Woogie Towery, 8, from Ruffin, play in the water and mud along the Dan River at Draper Lan…
The Dan River is a habit Rockingham County residents refuse to break.
Government authorities should scrap a recent decision halting Dan River cleanup efforts and make Duke Energy recover more of the coal ash that spilled this winter from its closed power plant near Eden, environmentalists say.
An environmental group has criticized Duke Energy following its clean-up of a 2,500-ton coal ash deposit at Schoolfield Dam, saying the company has not accounted for the remainder of its 39,000-ton coal ash spill into the Dan River.
Madeline Schreiber, associate professor of hydrogeology at Virginia Tech, pulls sediment samples from the Dan River for testing. Schreiber is …
Virginia Tech researchers hope a $25,000 National Science Foundation grant will help them find better ways to trace the long-term effects of coal ash spills like the one in February that fouled 70 miles of the Dan River from Eden, North Carolina, to Kerr Lake in Virginia.
Federal and state authorities reached a milestone recently in calling at least a temporary halt to coal ash removal efforts linked to this winter’s Dan River spill.
Water quality in the Dan River has returned to “normal,” according to Myles Bartos of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Legislation designed to clean up coal ash ponds at Duke Energy power plants in North Carolina is now heading to final negotiations after the Senate rejected the House version of the bill.
A co-author of a Senate bill to clean up coal ash ponds at Duke Energy's North Carolina power plants said Thursday that his chamber would reject the House's competing version of the measure, requiring negotiators to forge a compromise.
North Carolina's environmental agency has ordered Duke Energy to install monitoring wells in a residential neighborhood outside Asheville to determine whether toxic chemicals from the company's coal ash pits are contaminating homeowners' drinking water.
A bill telling Duke Energy how to clean up its coal ash sites throughout North Carolina has tentatively passed the North Carolina House.
The coal ash basin at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station near Eden after a drain pipe running underneath it collapsed, allowing an estimate…
State officials put Duke Energy on notice Thursday after finding a leak in the secondary coal ash pond at the Dan River Steam Station near Eden.
The Senate gave its initial approval for coal ash regulation Tuesday evening, but the debate revealed a divide in the chamber.
Documents summoned Tuesday by a grand jury investigating the Dan River spill show that Duke Energy got clear warnings about its Eden-area coal ash basin decades before this winter’s calamity.
In this April 25, 2014 photo, bottled water rests on the kitchen counter of Ron and Joanne Thomas' home in Dukeville, N.C. The well at their f…
Both the state and Duke said their own tests found no significant problems. But the findings conflict with those of the environmental group Waterkeeper Alliance, whose tests show levels of some potentially toxic substances above state standards.
N.C. A&T researchers Kunigal Shivakumar, Robert Sadler and their colleagues have developed a “miracle material” that’s lightweight, waterp…
"Coal ash cupcakes" were delivered to the offices of North Carolina legislators Wednesday as a coalition of environmental groups and people who live near Duke Energy power plants pressed lawmakers to require the company to move all of its leaky dumps away from rivers, lakes and homes.
Missy Neff Gould asks Gov. Terry McAuliffe a question in regard to the removal of coal ash from the Dan River on May 27 at The Institute for A…
Workers remove coal ash from material vacuumed from the Dan River. Duke Energy officially began its clean up on May 12 in Danville, Virginia.
Duke Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed a formal agreement Thursday requiring the power company to clean up the Dan River spill, put the waste in a lined landfill and reimburse the federal government for its supervision of the process.
VIRGINIA BEACH — Virginia Beach will resume using Lake Gaston for drinking water following tests that found no coal ash in a reservoir that fe…
Thursday’s rain temporarily halted Duke Energy’s clean-up of a coal ash deposit at Schoolfield Dam. Even though no flooding is expected, offic…
Officials in Person County, North Carolina, say they are not happy that 2,500 tons of coal ash that accumulated at Schoolfield Dam will be transported to a double-lined landfill in their county.
Dredging up the coal ash involves several pieces of machinery, including the dredge in the Dan River that removes the mixture from the river b…
Coal ash and sediment move from a conveyor belt into a roll-off container Monday at Abreu-Grogan Park during the first day of the clean-up of …
Duke Energy Spokesman Jeff Brooks updates reporters and gives details on the process of cleaning up coal ash from the Dan River at Abreu-Groga…
Charlotte Douglas International Airport says it doesn't want coal ash from a Duke Energy power plant buried under a planned new runway or other airport infrastructure.
A North Carolina judge says a coalition of environmental groups can participate in the state's enforcement action against Duke Energy for groundwater pollution leaching from the company's coal ash dumps.
North Carolina's public pension funds, which own a piece of Duke Energy, will use their influence to try to force Duke's board of directors to bring in new blood and improve oversight of the cleanup of a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a river with toxic sludge, state Treasurer Janet Cowell said Wednesday.
Michael Strader dropped his line in the Dan River near the Draper entryway and waited for the fish — catfish he hoped.
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.
Gov. Pat McCrory miffed some leaders in his own party earlier this week when he unveiled what he termed a "comprehensive plan" for dealing with the state’s coal ash crisis.
N.C. State soil scientists expect to report soon that Dan River water will be safe to use by farmers in Rockingham and Caswell counties.
Duke Energy president and CEO Lynn Good gestures as she speaks to a business group during a luncheon in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, April 2, 2…
The U.S. Environmental Agency expressed concern last year that a proposed deal between North Carolina regulators and Duke Energy to settle pollution violations at two of the company's coal ash dumps was too lenient.
Farmers like Jerry Apple who raise cattle or grow crops along the Dan River don't know what the impact of a large coal ash spill into the rive…
Farmers like Mike Powell who raise cattle or grow crops along the Dan River don't know what the impact of a large coal ash spill into the rive…
The lawyer hired to represent North Carolina's environmental agency during a federal investigation into its regulation of Duke Energy's coal ash dumps once represented the utility company in a different criminal probe.
Clean-water advocates held a rally on World Water Day at Island Ford Landing along the Smith River here Saturday, where attendees enjoyed the warm weather, hot dogs and bluegrass/traditional music by a trio of talented young girls.
Duke Energy found a second large deposit of coal ash in the Dan River and has hired a contractor to remove it, the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources said.
North Carolina regulators say they have asked a judge to withdraw a proposed settlement that would have allowed Duke Energy to resolve environmental violations by paying a $99,000 fine with no requirement that the $50 billion company clean up its pollution.
As federal officials convene a grand jury this week to investigate the Dan River coal ash spill, they might want to look in an unlikely spot before pointing fingers of blame.
The Dan River Basin Association joined with three other conservation groups Thursday to intervene in a lawsuit state officials have filed against Duke Energy to stop pollution from the power company’s coal ash ponds.
North Carolina regulators say Duke Energy illegally pumped 61 million gallons of contaminated coal ash into the Cape Fear River, marking the eighth time in less than a month the nation's largest electricity company has been cited for environmental violations.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe took a tour of the City of Danville’s water treatment plant on March 18.
Coal ash remediation plans drew officials from state and federal agencies to Danville on Tuesday, with meetings to reassure residents that coal ash in the Dan River would be cleaned up as quickly as possible while tests on wildlife, aquatic life and water quality continue to be taken.
Duke Energy was in a bind. North Carolina regulators had for years allowed the nation's largest power company to pollute the ground near its plants without penalty. But in early 2013, a coalition of environmental groups sued to force Duke to clean up nearly three dozen leaky coal ash dumps spread across the state.
Just two days after Duke Energy told North Carolina officials in a letter that it plans to remove coal ash from its Dan River ponds, the state’s environmental regulators said Friday they plan to change the company’s wastewater permits to mandate elimination of unauthorized discharges and removal of coal ash from its basins at Riverbend and Asheville power plants.
Following the Duke Energy coal ash spill up river over a month ago, these warnings have been posted all along the Riverwalk Trail.
Internal emails between staff at North Carolina's environmental agency suggest state regulators were coordinating with Duke Energy before intervening in efforts by citizens groups trying to sue the company over groundwater pollution leeching from its coal ash dumps.
Democrats at the North Carolina legislature rolled out a nine-point proposal Thursday to dispose of and monitor coal ash now sitting in pits throughout the state, saying Duke Energy and state officials have waited too long to address their environmental risk.
Duke Energy says it plans to move three leaky coal ash pits away from North Carolina waterways, including one that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge.
Gov. Pat McCrory says he's going to stay out of the debate whether his former employer Duke Energy should be able to pass the costs of closing North Carolina's coal ash ponds on to consumers.
RICHMOND — Virginia is examining any potential long-term environmental damage from a North Carolina coal ash spill on the Dan River and will h…
A North Carolina judge says Duke Energy must take immediate action to eliminate the source of groundwater pollution at its coal ash dumps.
Gov. Pat McCrory worked at Duke Energy for 29 years.
RALEIGH, N.C. - State regulators expressed concern Friday about another leaking pipe at a Duke Energy coal ash dump, this time in western Nort…
The latest water-quality tests show that concentrations of iron and aluminum in the Dan River near the site of the Eden coal ash spill continue to decrease, but aluminum still exceeds surface water quality standards at all upstream and downstream sampling locations.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has sent a letter to Duke Energy demanding that the company provide detailed plans to clean up its coal ash ponds around the state, including one that spilled up to 35 million gallons of coal ash and contaminated water into the Dan River early this month.
Duke Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency representatives meet with Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Eden, N.C., officials Tuesda…
The primary coal ash basin at Duke Energy’s Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C., is almost devoid of water three weeks after a stormwater pi…
When a second stormwater pipe under the primary coal ash basin at Duke Energy’s Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C., failed and leaked conta…
The recent coal ash spill on the Dan River caused at least $70 million in damage to fish, wildlife and other related aspects of the economy, according to a Wake Forest University professor with an extensive background in coal ash research.
Ever since thousands of tons of coal ash spilled into the Dan River from Duke Energy’s closed Dan River Steam Station, concerns have ranged from the quality of drinking water for Danville residents to the spill’s effect on fish and other wildlife.
Meet the hottest four-letter word in North Carolina politics: Cozy.
State officials say Duke Energy has plugged a second pipe running under a huge coal ash dump that was leaking arsenic-laced groundwater into the Dan River, which is already polluted from a massive Feb. 2 spill.
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's Rick Browder, Gabe Darkwah and Jason Hill stop their boat at Abreu-Grogan Park in Danville on T…
Environmental specialist Jason Hill displays a Golden Redhorse that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality caught during their ventu…
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality representatives launch their boat at Abreu-Grogan Park on Thursday to collect fish that will be s…
“Customers will not pay for the cleanup of the Dan River,” Duke Energy spokesperson Jeff Brooks told a packed room at Eden City Hall Wednesday.
Duke Energy’s problems at Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C. — where millions of gallons of water from a coal ash basin and up to 39,000 tons of coal ash were released into the Dan River Feb. 2 — continue with weather delays from a winter storm slowing sealing of a 48-inch corrugated metal storm water drainage pipe and a second storm water pipe springing leaks.
Wastewater being treated at the Danville Wastewater Treatment Plant — before being returned to the Dan River — will be safe as ever, despite t…
Last year, a team from the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation paddled canoes and kayaks up the Dan River from Berry Hill Bridge to Abreu-Grogan Park and decided to back local officials’ efforts to get the 15-mile stretch of the river officially named a “Scenic River” by the Virginia General Assembly.
Danville Mayor Sherman Saunders said he and other Danville City Council members have been hearing from a multitude of residents concerned about the coal ask spill at Duke Energy’s closed Dan River Steam Plant in Eden, N.C. — especially those unconvinced that the city’s drinking water is safe.
As federal prosecutors launch a criminal investigation into Duke Energy's massive coal ash spill on the Dan River, two North Carolina lawmakers say they will push legislation to force the nation's largest electricity provider to clean out its leaky waste dumps across the state.
Duke Energy says a second pipe under a coal ash dump in North Carolina is not in immediate danger of collapse, despite concerns from state regulators that the pipe could fail and trigger another toxic spill into the Dan River.
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory denied Friday he had any talks with Duke Energy executives or lobbyists about his administrati…
In an official statement released Wednesday, the office of U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt, R-5th District, defended Hurt’s vote against adding rules to the Sportsman’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act that would have required companies nationwide to report data to federal regulators regarding chemicals and mixtures that could potentially leak into public water systems.
Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a massive coal ash spill into a North Carolina river, demanding that Duke Energy and state regulators hand over reams of documents related to the accident that left a waterway polluted with tons of toxic sludge.
An environmental group and Duke Energy have differing views on the likelihood that a still-flowing drainage pipe at Duke’s Dan River plant has continued to send coal-ash pollution into the river.
“It’s safe; you can drink the water,” Myles Bartos, on-scene coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, told a standing room-only crowd in Danville City Council chambers Tuesday night.
Duke Energy said Tuesday it plans to begin dredging coal ash out of a North Carolina river as the state's environmental agency moved to scuttle a previously proposed settlement with the company over pollution leaking from waste dumps at its power plants.
In the nine days since a coal ash storage basin at Duke Energy’s old Dan River Steam Station spilled an estimated 27 million gallons of water and 82,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River in Eden, N.C., people in boats and on riverbanks collecting water samples has become a familiar sight.
The value of Steve Scarborough’s lakefront lots plummeted after the Tennessee Valley Authority Fossil Plant coal ash disaster in 2008.
“Oh, good,” Maggie Austin said as she walked along the Riverwalk Trail behind Bridge Street on Sunday. “Some geese are back.”
Utilities that use coal-fired power plants have stored liquid ash in ponds for decades.
The competence of the water treatment staff and the technology they’re using doesn’t dismiss the fact that the city government knew — but chose not to immediately tell the people who pay the bills — that their river had undergone an ecological disaster. That’s inexcusable.
Danville Utilities has received a second set of test results. These results are from treated water samples collected on Tuesday, and they show Danville’s water is safe to drink.
Dawn Nozzi Witter asks Duke Energy about environmental concerns including safety of the fish in the Dan River at a news conference at city hal…
Mayor Sherman Saunders asks Duke Energy North Carolina utility operations president Paul Newton about the company’s long term water testing pl…
Duke Energy North Carolina utility operations president Paul Newton addresses concerns regarding Sunday’s coal ash spill at Duke Energy’s Dan …
Duke Energy North Carolina utility operations president Paul Newton addresses concerns regarding Sunday’s coal ash spill at Duke Energy’s Dan …
Twenty-six hours. That’s how long it took Duke Energy to tell residents that a toxic stream of coal ash was flowing down the Dan River.
Carl Boyd has fished from the Dan River for most of his 45 years.
As Duke Energy continues to try to plug a massive leak in a coal ash storage pond at its closed Eden, N.C., Dan River Steam Station, environmental agencies and groups are monitoring the water that continues to seep into the Dan River carrying coal ash from a containment basin.
A Duke University coal ash expert said today that tests show water in the Dan River is not toxic after Sunday’s spill of coal ash from a conta…
The city manager offers a timeline of what city officials knew -- and when they knew it.
Water test results are due back Thursday afternoon.
Canoe guide Brian Williams dipped his paddle downstream from where thousands of tons of coal ash has been spewing for days into the Dan River, turning the wooden blade flat to bring up a lump of gray sludge.
About a dozen types of fish — and the creatures they depend on for food — live in the Dan River, where nearly 85,000 tons of coal ash spilled into the water from a broken pipe Sunday upriver in Eden, N.C.
Duke Energy did not know how much coal sludge its dormant power plant in Eden had spewed into the Dan River or for how long it had been leaking when company officials started alerting municipalities downstream Sunday evening, leaving city officials flatfooted in their efforts to protect drinking water supplies.
In August, state environmental officials went to court to make Duke Energy clean up 12 coal-fired power plants.
A Duke Energy spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday that some coal ash continues to flow into the Dan River in Eden as crews work to stop the leak.
Duke Energy’s Dan River Steam Station was a hub of activity Tuesday — flatbeds hauling heavy construction equipment and dump trucks full of gravel were arriving, bulldozers and other equipment were in use just about anywhere you looked and teams of people were climbing in and out of pickup trucks everywhere, working to stem the coal ash flow into the Dan River from a water pipe that broke Sunday.