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Due to its size, Duke Energy is pivotal in the fight over coal vs climate. NC WARN and allies blocked the first of two Cliffside units Duke wanted to build – by proving it wasn’t necessary — and continued to struggle against the second unit. More recently, we’ve been protesting Duke Energy’s toxic coal ash spill into the Dan River, and working to ensure that North Carolina electricity customers do not foot the bill for the cleanup of the Dan River and Duke’s other coal ash sites.


Rein in Duke Energy, Groups Tell Attorney General — News Release from NC WARN

An alliance of nonprofits today called for NC Attorney General Roy Cooper to assert his explicit legal authority to enforce the corporate charter of Duke Energy, saying an investigation of the corporation’s North Carolina operations is required due to its history of criminality – from partnering with Enron to coal ash failures – and a rapidly advancing climate crisis that could see sea levels rise 10 feet by mid-century. See coverage in the Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Observer and others.

North Carolinians Impacted by Coal Ash Launch Alliance [with video] — ABC 11

"This is not something that we can drop a few million dollars and make some nice news reel and put it away," said Bobby Jones, also from Goldsboro. "This is killing people in our state."

People impacted by coal ash in North Carolina form alliance [with video] — WBTV News

People from across North Carolina who have been impacted in some way by coal ash have announced a new alliance that combines environmental groups and other advocacy groups.

North Carolina Residents Impacted by Coal Ash Launch Alliance — News Release from NC WARN, Appalachian Voices, and Clean Water for NC

Residents from across the state gathered in Raleigh today to announce a new alliance of North Carolinians directly impacted by coal ash and to call on Duke Energy, the General Assembly, the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources, and Governor McCrory to find permanent, safe solutions for coal ash that protect all communities from the toxic waste.

Community fights plans to move coal ash to clay mines — Winston Salem Journal

State regulators have issued several permits to Charah Inc., and its subsidiary Green Meadow LLC to dispose the waste in the old clay mine in Lee County, and another one in nearby Chatham County. But a coalition of community leaders and environmental groups is fighting the plan.

Duke Energy turns to natural gas in place of coal — News & Record

Duke’s shift toward gas began in earnest about seven years ago, triggering the closure of coal-fired plants in Eden and six other North Carolina communities, replacing them with five plants that use gas as their primary fuel. Clean-energy advocate Jim Warren believes Duke is reaping a public relations bonanza by shifting from a bad fossil fuel to another that’s only a bit less problematic.

Debunking Duke Energy Deception over Emissions, Coal Plant Closures — News Release from NC WARN

NC WARN urges news outlets to scrutinize the corporate PR more closely. CEO Lynn Good repeated the greenwashing stats yet again at the May 7 stockholder meeting: emissions are down, and we’ve closed more than 20 coal-fired power plants. NC WARN’s analysis shows why that claim is bogus.

Will Duke Energy Leave Poisoned Sites Behind? — News Release from NC WARN

Today NC WARN sent [Duke Energy] CEO Lynn Good a letter seeking information about Duke’s intentions [for contaminated coal ash dumpsites].  We also urged her to correct the lousy, secretive process that has led to growing public mistrust about Duke’s coal ash plans.

NC WARN Denounces Duke Energy Coal Ash Plan — News Release from NC WARN

NC WARN is strongly opposed to Duke Energy's announcement today that it plans to transfer its coal ash negligence to Chatham and Lee counties.

NC WARN Demands Duke Energy Withdraw Applications for Toxic Waste Landfills in Lee and Chatham — News Release from NC WARN

NC WARN is increasing our legal and grassroots support for Lee-Chatham citizen groups, local governments and nonprofit allies opposing the clay mine scheme, just as we are helping communities already impacted by coal ash to fight for justice amid this ongoing statewide catastrophe.
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