| Feb 21, 2014
| 5:26 PM
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A second ruptured stormwater pipe that has been spilling toxic coal ash into the Dan River in North Carolina and Virginia has been sealed, North Carolina officials announced late Friday.
The state's Department of Environment and...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 8:55 PM
Tens of thousands of tons of coal ash have spilled into the Dan River from a closed North Carolina coal plant since Sunday, but drinking water supplies have not been affected, according to municipal officials and the plant's owner, Duke Energy....
| Feb 6, 2014
| 7:18 PM
EDEN, N.C. – An environmental group Thursday challenged Duke Energy’s assurances that drinking water from the Dan River in North Carolina and Virginia remained safe despite a massive spill of toxic coal ash that released a deluge of murky gray...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 7:37 PM
EDEN, N.C. — Pete Harrison dipped his kayak paddle into a gray stain on the bank of the murky Dan River. He pulled out a sticky gob 4 inches thick.
"That's pure coal ash," he said.
Harrison, a lawyer with the Waterkeeper Alliance, was kayaking...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 6:21 PM
DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina environmental regulators acknowledged Sunday that they had erroneously reported results of early toxic tests in the Dan River after a huge coal ash spill, specifically, that arsenic was within safe levels.
| Feb 11, 2014
| 9:28 PM
RALEIGH, N.C. — State regulators in North Carolina have asked a judge to delay what environmentalists claim is a sweetheart deal with Duke Energy designed to protect the nation's largest electrical utility from heavy fines for allowing coal ash into...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Electric cars will probably remain a tiny niche of the auto industry until drivers see a serious expansion of charging stations.
But you can't just put one on every corner next to the gas station. The cars can take hours to fully charge, which would...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 1:51 PM
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is warning residents about a scam that targets utility customers.
It goes like this: Impersonators call customers and request credit card or prepaid debit card information, and threaten to shut off power if the...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 6:07 PM
We're supposed to believe that Florida's system for selecting the people who set our utility rates is fair and free of political meddling.
That's a bigger fake-out than Manti Te'o's girlfriend.
The Legislature controls the selection of Public...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 12:34 PM
So, you're a Duke Energy (formerly Progress Energy) customer and you want to know how much you've paid toward two failed nuclear projects?
My Saturday column revealed that since 2009, I've paid about $500 toward the boondoggle known as the proposed...
| Apr 21, 2013
| 3:08 PM
In addition to having a hand on the nation's checkbook, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski is reaping a political reward from her new assignment as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee: a significant increase in campaign cash.
The Maryland Democrat, who...