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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.

Environmental groups to host forum Thursday on coal ash — Sun Journal

Several environmental watchdog groups will host a forum and discussion Thursday at the New Bern-Craven County Public Library on the topic, “Coal Ash Ponds on Our Rivers.”

8,000 Gallons of Oil Spill Into Ohio River From Duke Energy Coal Plant — EcoWatch

By Anastasia Pantsios This one’s not a big one in the scheme of things. But…

Toxic grounds now part of N.C. landscape — News & Record

It’s tragic that the state finds the need to set priorities for these sites, said Jim Warren, the executive director of N.C. Waste Awareness and Reduction Network, a nonprofit organization that advocates for stricter laws against polluters.

Timely cleanup unlikely at state’s hazardous waste sites — WRAL

By sheer numbers, the 14 coal ash ponds spread across North Carolina pale in comparison to the nearly 3,000 various waste sites across the state. That includes decommissioned industrial facilities, abandoned dry cleaners and old landfills. Despite the sometimes active threats to water or air, many of these sites take years or decades to clean up, if they're cleaned up at all. And the fund to clear out the contamination can't keep up.

Duke’s Toxic Coal Ash: Do No More Harm — News Release from NC WARN

Duke Energy’s recent coal ash injustice, a tragedy for nearby and downstream communities, has now expanded into an enormous toxic waste challenge... The goals should be to prevent further harm to people and wildlife; to detoxify the rivers, ground and groundwater; and to ensure that Duke Energy – not its customers – pays the full cost after poorly managing its toxic waste for so many years.

Enviros: Keep coal ash out of NC landfills — WRAL

Two environmental groups are warning state leaders against allowing Duke Energy to clean up its coal ash pits in North Carolina by shipping the ash to solid-waste landfills.

Federal grand jury to consider possible wrongdoing in coal ash spill — WBTV, Charlotte

A federal grand jury convened in Raleigh as part of a criminal investigation triggered by the massive coal ash spill from Duke Energy.
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