Duke Energy Sweetheart Deal on Coal Ash Cleanup Heads to McCrory

July 2, 2016 - storage organizer

click to enlarge Activists denote opposite Duke Energy's stranglehold on North Carolina politics with Dukeopoly game. - GREENPEACE NORTH CAROLINA

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  • Activists denote opposite Duke Energy’s stranglehold on North Carolina politics with “Dukeopoly” game.

Governor McCrory already vetoed one spark charcoal check progressing this session. Now, after Duke Energy’s CEO intervened, another one is sitting on his table that he’s expected to approve.

The new check passed a House 82-32 after thirty mins of discuss Thursday. It lets Duke Energy off a offshoot for excavating spark charcoal during 7 North Carolina storage sites, yet in May, state regulators systematic a application to purify adult spark charcoal during 8 “high-risk” sites and twenty-five “intermediate-risk” sites.

Under a check Duke Energy will be authorised to re-classify sites to “low-risk” and instead of excavating spark ash, the utility will be authorised to dry it out and top it in place, supposing it gives residents who live nearby spark charcoal sites a piped-in celebration H2O source by Oct of 2018. The check puts a kibosh on a Coal Ash Management Commission, that oversaw regulators during DEQ, expected for good and it removes all internal control over spark charcoal storage, ordering and transportation. 

“Duke is not usually polluting a atmosphere and H2O in a communities though also a democracy, pronounced Caroline Hansley, an organizer with Greenpeace North Carolina, in a statement. “Furthermore, North Carolinians are forced to compensate both for appetite that is creation them ill and inaugurated leaders that have their ears focussed to a interests of a corner utility.”

This is true. Duke Energy has poured more than $200 thousand into state legislative races in a initial entertain of this year alone. Meanwhile, fourteen spark charcoal dumps have been documented to be leaking opposite North Carolina and environmentalists contend that following a Dan River brief in 2014, ninety percent of leaked spark charcoal stays in a water. 

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