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Duke Energy Leaves Coal Ponds Unlined

Frank Holleman of the Southern Environmental Law Center released this statement regarding the posting of Duke Energy's proposed closure plans for its leaking, unlined coal ash basins across North Carolina. The disclosure is required by the U.S. Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) rule.


Duke Energy – Duke University Fracked Gas Plant Challenged at Utilities Commission

As three-year global heatwave continues, NC WARN calls for full, open review of proposal to build climate-wrecking power plant at Duke University 


NC WARN filed a motion to intervene in a precedent-setting case whereby Duke Energy seeks to build and operate a fracked gas-burning power plant on the campus of Duke University.  Among the many problems with the proposal, it would cause campus greenhouse gas emissions to soar, increase local air pollution, do little to enhance the reliability of campus power supply, and continue driving the highly destructive US fracking boom.


Waterkeeper Alliance and Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Respond to Duke Energy Cooling Pond Dam Breach of Quaker Neck Lake

Waterkeeper Alliance and Upper Neuse Riverkeeper are responding to and documenting the breach of a 1.2-billion-gallon cooling pond dam at Duke Energy’s H.F. Lee plant. The breach occurred just minutes after Duke Energy issued a statement claiming that the “Ash basin and cooling pond dams across the state continue to operate safely; in fact, we’ve been pleased with their good performance during the historic flooding Hurricane Matthew brought to eastern North Carolina.”


NC WARN Sues State of North Carolina and Regulators for Blocking Court Access in Long-running Climate Fight

Duke Environmental Law & Policy Clinic attorneys challenge constitutionality of two laws – from 2015 and 1965 – in a case that could derail Duke Energy plans to build $30 billion in fracked-gas power plants and pipelines

In a case that goes to the heart of Duke Energy’s corporate business plan, climate protection nonprofit NC WARN today filed a lawsuit against the State of North Carolina and its utility regulators over two state laws passed 50 years apart.  The group, represented by attorneys for the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, say a 2015 law passed specifically to allow Duke Energy to shortcut the approval process for a large, fracked-gas power plant in Asheville violates both the state and federal constitutions.


Conservation Groups Obtain Agreement Requiring Coal Ash Removal from Duke Energy’s Buck Plant

Yadkin Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, have reached a settlement with Duke Energy that requires the removal of all the coal ash from the unlined, leaking coal ash pits at Duke Energy’s Buck facility on the Yadkin River in Salisbury, North Carolina.  Under the settlement agreement, Duke Energy must remove all the coal ash and either recycle it into concrete or put it in a modern lined landfill away from the Yadkin River and separated from groundwater and drinking water sources.  Duke Energy plans to set up a concrete recycling facility at the Buck site much like the ones serving South Carolina utilities which entered into similar settlements with conservation groups represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center in 2012 and 2013.


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