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Coal & Coal Ash

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. We have 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.

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Will you foot the bill for Duke Energy’s coal ash cleanup? — Winston-Salem Journal

Consumer activist Jim Warren, the executive director of the watchdog group NC WARN, said it’s unfair for consumers to get “stuck” with the bill for negligence by Duke Energy executives who made unwise decisions that allowed coal ash to proliferate in storage ponds waiting for an accident to occur.

Group opposes Duke Energy plans to burn natural gas in Cliffside coal plant — Charlotte Business Journal

Advocacy group NC WARN wants state regulators to hold hearings on Duke Energy’s $56 million plan to upgrade its Cliffside coal units to burn natural gas. NC WARN contends that upgrading Duke Energy's two Cliffside coal units at the Rogers Energy Complex would be needlessly expensive and environmentally unsound.

Neighbors of Coal Ash Invite Gov. McCrory to Dinner — News Release from ACT Against Coal Ash

Members of ACT Against Coal Ash gathered this morning in Raleigh, across from the Governor’s Mansion, to highlight the failure of Governor McCrory and his administration to act with transparency regarding coal ash. They invited McCrory to dinner at their homes near Duke Energy’s coal ash dumps.

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.

Complaint charges Duke Energy touts clean power in West while polluting Southeast — LA Times

The nation’s largest utility and a leading developer of renewable energy for the Los Angeles area is under fire in a complaint that accuses the company of being one of the worst polluters in the country.

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.
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