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The New Normal?

Erich Pica | Posted 04.16.2014 | Green
Erich Pica

General Motors has been called in for a congressional hearing for a safety recall, but why has the fossil fuels industry received a relatively free pass?

Duke Energy, Greg Lindquist and Mary Mattingly

Julie Chae | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green
Julie Chae

Swirling vortexes of coal ash and river water on the Dan River after the Feb. 2, 2014 spill, on Feb 3, 2014. Photo courtesy of Brian Williams, Dan ...

North Carolina Regulators Side With Duke Energy

AP | By MICHAEL BIESECKER | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators are joining with Duke Energy in appealing a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leech...

After Series Of Coal Ash Spills, Illinois To Take Protective Measures

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 04.04.2014 | Green

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that it will increase inspections of coal-ash ponds in the wake ...

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Duke Energy Goes After Solar in South Carolina

Anne Smart | Posted 04.02.2014 | Green
Anne Smart

Remember your childhood fables? A wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf. These monopoly utilities disguising themselves as solar advocates are still just monopolies looking out for their bottom lines.

'Green News Report' - March 25, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Deadly -- and predicted -- landslide disaster in Washington State; Meet...

North Carolinians Want Coal Ash Safeguards Now

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The controversy continues almost two months after a Duke Energy spill of toxic coal ash into the Dan River. First, the Waterkeeper Alliance discovered...

Coal Ash Ponds: How Power Companies Get a 'Bypass' on Regulations Against Pollution

Bill Chameides | Posted 03.24.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

When we think of electric power plants and pollution, we often think of air pollution and climate change, and especially when it comes to coal-fired power plants. But power plants are also huge polluters of our waterways -- our streams, rivers, and lakes.

'Green News Report' - March 20, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 03.20.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Greenland is melting, and sea levels are rising; It's official - Winter...

'Green News Report' - March 18, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 03.18.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Secret federal memo warns entire nationwide electric grid could be knoc...

Duke: Coal Ash Cleanup Will Take 2 Years

AP | Posted 03.14.2014 | Green

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy says it plans to move three leaky coal ash pits away from North Carolina waterways, including one that coated 70 mi...

Emails Show Close Tie Between Duke Energy, North Carolina Officials After Spill

AP | MICHAEL BIESECKER and MITCH WEISS | Posted 03.13.2014 | Green

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Internal emails between staff at North Carolina's environmental agency show state regulators were coordinating with Duke Energy...

Judge Orders Duke Energy To Stop Groundwater Pollution At Coal Ash Dumps

AP | MITCH WEISS | Posted 03.07.2014 | Green

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy must take immediate action to eliminate sources of groundwater contamination at its coal ash dumps, a judge said ...

Our Last Coal Ash Spill: No More Delays for Coal Water Pollution Protections

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.05.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Last week, security guards at Duke Energy's Charlotte headquarters blocked me from delivering 9,000 petitions signed by Duke customers calling on the ...

Just How Big Was North Carolina's Coal Ash Spill?

AP | MICHAEL BIESECKER | Posted 02.26.2014 | Green

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A team of academic researchers equipped with a drone estimates about 35 million gallons of coal ash and contaminated wastewater...

New Poll, Rally Show WV, NC and Beyond are Fed Up With Coal Industry's Pollution

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.24.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

West Virginians hold the coal industry responsible for air and water contamination in the state, and they are tired of the stranglehold they believe the industry's lobbyists have on state politics.

'If You Want To Know What It's Like Living Near A Coal Ash Pond, This Is It'

AP | MITCH WEISS and MICHAEL BIESECKER | Posted 02.22.2014 | Green

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — From his modest home near the Cape Fear River, Sam Malpass can glimpse the tall stacks of Duke Energy's Sutton Steam Electri...

Federal Prosecutors Widen Investigation Into NC Coal Ash Spill

AP | MICHAEL BIESECKER | Posted 02.20.2014 | Green

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors widened their investigation triggered by a massive coal ash spill in North Carolina, demanding reams of doc...

Obama Administration Grade on Coal Ash: Failing

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.21.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Despite being a political football [pdf] that had been tossed around Capitol Hill, the coal industry and EPA headquarters throughout the '90s and early aughts, coal ash was rarely a topic of dinner conversation around most American supper tables, I suspect.

Toxins Leaking From Second Pipe At Coal Ash Spill Site

AP | MICHAEL BIESECKER | Posted 02.19.2014 | Green

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials said Tuesday that groundwater containing unsafe levels of arsenic apparently leaching from a Duke Ener...

'Green News Report' - February 18, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Obama's plan to keep on truckin'...with much less oil; Secretary of Sta...

'Green News Report' - February 13, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.15.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Fossil fuels booming in the US -- literally -- with more new explosions...

Kate Sheppard

U.S. Attorney's Office Probing North Carolina Officials Following Coal Ash Spill

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

Federal authorities have initiated an investigation into the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources following last week's coal...

'Green News Report' - February 11, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: British military deployed to combat extreme rain, flooding in UK; Oops ...

Enough Is Enough: Coal Pollution Spills Reveal a Water Safety Crisis

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

From corporate mishandling to federal inaction, the depressing fact is that those under the gun from coal pollution still don't have much recourse to protect their homes, their safety or their water.