More Coal Ash… More Corruption

After Coal Ash Spill, North Carolina Rethinks Prior Paltry Duke Energy Water Pollution Fine

“After the third-largest coal ash spill in U.S. history at a shuttered Duke Energy coal plant, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources is rethinking its proposed settlement with Duke over earlier groundwater contamination from two other coal ash dumps.

Under the deal, which may now be tossed out, Duke would have paid a fine of just $99,111. Lawyers for the agency have asked a judge to disregard this proposal.”

“Given Duke’s $19.6 billion in 2012 operating revenues, that’s the equivalent of fining a person with a $60,000 salary a total of 30 cents,” said Democracy North Carolina in a statement.

“North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory worked for Duke Energy for almost 30 years and still holds stock in the nation’s largest electric utility.

According to an analysis by Democracy North Carolina, McCrory received over $300,000 in direct campaign contributions from Duke-Energy related donors during his 2008 and 2012 gubernatorial races.”

“On February 2, a stormwater pipe under an unlined coal ash pond at a retired Duke coal plant in Eden, North Carolina, burst draining 82,000 tons of coal ash mixed with 27 million gallons of water into the Dan River.”

U.S. Attorney’s Office Probing North Carolina Officials

“Pressure has increased on the state following the coal ash spill from a retired Duke Energy facility in Eden, N.C. Initial estimates put the spill at as much as 82,000 tons, but on Thursday Duke reduced its estimate to  between 30,000 and 39,000 tons of coal ash. Environmental groups in the state say that, rather than enforcing environmental laws, the DENR (NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources) has protected Duke for years — thereby allowing a spill like this to happen.”

And the BS continues to roll out…

Relationship Questioned

“On Feb. 2, a security guard patrolling the grounds of the station discovered that a pipe running under a 27-acre toxic waste pond had collapsed.

The company reported that up to 82,000 tons of coal ash mixed with 27 million gallons of contaminated water drained into the Dan River, a waterway that is a drinking water source for several cities and towns in Virginia, as well as Roanoke Rapids in North Carolina. This week Duke lowered its estimate about how much coal ash seeped into the river to 39,000 tons.

It was not until the following day that the public was told about the breach. Initial reports provided by Duke and DENR failed to disclose the massive scale of the problem – one that has been described as the third largest such coal ash spill in the nation.

Tests by the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources since the spill have found arsenic, copper, iron and aluminum in the river at levels above state standards for surface water quality. McCrory has said it appears that the water is safe to drink.”

>>>>>McCrory has said it appears that the water is safe to drink.<<<<< !!!!!!!!!!

In the last few days > N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory to be subpoenaed by grand jury in ‘criminal investigation’

RALEIGH , NORTH CAROLINA (INTELLIHUB) — Gov. Pat McCrory, who received over $1m in campaign contributions from Duke Energy (the company responsible for the recent third largest toxic fly ash spill in U.S. history), may be in hot water very soon as a grand jury has subpoenaed the N.C. Dept. of Environmental and Natural Resources and Duke Energy under felony suspicion.

Well… WTH