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NC's ongoing coal ash regulatory disaster shows urgency of EPA action

December 11, 2014 - Environmental advocates announced they discovered a coal ash leak into North Carolina's Yadkin River from a Duke Energy power plant just days before 60 Minutes aired a report in which the CEO said her company was "operating safely." Will the EPA finally take tough action to stop the ongoing coal ash disaster in that state and others -- or will that job continue to fall to private watchdogs?

Americans for Prosperity says NC voter misinformation came from Arkansas

October 16, 2014 - The conservative advocacy group acknowledges mailing bad voter registration information to North Carolinians but says it was an error by staff who lifted material from a similar document sent in Arkansas but who failed to fact-check it. AFP also accuses the N.C. Democratic Party of filing a formal complaint over the mailer for fundraising purposes.

Debunking Gov. McCrory's misleading coal ash claims

June 26, 2014 - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory gave a radio interview last week in which he made a number of misleading claims about coal ash and his administration's response to Duke Energy's toxic pollution. With the issue still at the top of the legislature's agenda, we examine those claims and set the record straight.

NC lawmaker overseeing legislative response to Duke Energy coal ash problems downplays toxic thallium pollution

April 3, 2014 - North Carolina regulators have found highly toxic thallium seeping from coal ash pits at two Duke Energy plants. Rep. Mike Hager -- the state lawmaker who co-chairs the committee that will handle coal ash cleanup legislation and former engineering manager for one of the thallium-leaking plants -- doesn't think the discovery is cause for alarm. Is his perspective shaped by his Duke connections?

Duke Energy coal ash poisoning NC lake, study finds

December 3, 2013 - Pollution from waste pits at Duke Energy's Sutton power plant is killing over 900,000 fish and deforming thousands more each year in an eastern North Carolina lake popular for fishing and recreation. The state has known about the problem for years, but it's failed to take initiative to force a cleanup.