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Local
10:02 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Environmental Coalition Seeks to Ignite Local Activism on Coal Ash

Duke Energy's Sutton Plant, New Hanover County
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A coalition of environmental groups is working to ignite local activism on the coal ash front.  

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Local
10:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

DENR to Reevaluate How Groundwater Contamination is Regulated, How to Move Ahead in Duke Lawsuits

The two ash impoundments at Duke Energy’s Asheville Plant near the French Broad River.
Roy Tennant

Listen to the audio version here.

It will be another three weeks before Duke Energy must formally respond to accusations of illegally pumping coal ash waste into a tributary that connects to the Cape Fear River. 

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Local
4:39 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

DENR Estimates 61 Million Gallons from Duke's Coal Ash Ponds Poured into Cape Fear River

Cape Fear Plant, Moncure, NC
Duke Energy Progress

Sixty-one million gallons:  that’s the amount of untreated wastewater from coal ash ponds that state regulators estimate poured into a tributary of the Cape Fear River.  

State regulators have issued a citation to Duke Energy for violating its wastewater permit in Chatham County.

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is required to give the nation’s largest electric utility 30 days to respond to the notice of violation. 

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Local
7:27 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Public Meeting on Flemington Water Project Set for Feb. 4th

Duke Energy Progress Sutton Plant
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A new water line connecting homes and businesses in the Flemington Community to the area’s main water supply is now in the works. 

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Local - December 3
4:10 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

New Study Claims Coal Ash Waste is Deforming Sutton Lake's Fish

The report compared mutated and healthy fish. This top fish, evidencing pugnose deformity, is from Sutton Lake.
The Southern Environmental Law Center

The controversy surrounding the ongoing impact of coal ash pollution from Wilmington’s Sutton Energy Plant is intensifying.  A biologist commissioned by the Southern Environmental Law Center released a report today claiming that coal ash waste is elevating levels of selenium pollution in Sutton Lake. Environmental advocates say this is killing and deforming thousands of fish, and thus threatening local fishing and tourism industries.  WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports.

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Local - November 13
1:03 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Environmentalists Launch Petition to Expedite Coal Cleanup at Duke's Sutton Energy Plant

The Sierra Club hosted about 50 locals to a boat tour up the Cape Fear River this past Saturday. The destination was Duke's Sutton Plant, and the group brought on board speakers who touched on river ecology and current water quality issues.

This December, Duke Energy Progress will retire the coal units at Wilmington’s Sutton Plant, and switch to more energy-efficient natural gas operations. But while those coal units are being decommissioned, Duke will keep their ash basins operational for what they say is a short time. However, local environmental advocates are pushing to excavate the ash immediately, as they say its chemical components could pose public health threats. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that the Sierra Club and Cape Fear River Watch have teamed up to launch a petition demanding a timetable from Duke.

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