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North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Duke Emphasizes Difference Between SC And NC Coal Ash Ponds

March 25, 2014 10:50 am | by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy officials assured South Carolina regulators that the utility's two coal ash ponds in the state are safe, in part because they are designed differently from a pond in North Carolina that dumped millions of gallons of contaminated water into a river.

Supreme Court Rejects WV Strip Mine Appeal

March 24, 2014 11:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a coal company fighting to reinstate a water pollution permit for a massive West Virginia strip mine.                                             

North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Duke Accused Of Intentionally Polluting Cape Fear River

March 21, 2014 10:29 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators say Duke Energy illegally pumped 61 million gallons of contaminated water from a coal ash pit into the Cape Fear River, marking the eighth time in less than a month the nation's largest electricity company has been cited for environmental violations.

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Company Cited For Coal Slurry Death

March 21, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A coal company has been cited by federal mining regulators for the November 2012 collapse of a Harrison County coal slurry impoundment that left a miner dead.

Judge Overturns Mining Restrictions

March 21, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A state judge this week overturned a 2011 Bristol Bay community initiative to restrict large-scale mining, a victory for backers of the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska.                          

Federal Grand Jury Investigates Duke Energy Spill

March 18, 2014 10:58 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal grand jury planned to convene Tuesday as part of a widening criminal investigation triggered by the massive Duke Energy coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge.                           

NC Laws Protected Coal Ash Pits

March 17, 2014 5:05 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Although the regulatory reform bill never once mentions coal ash, it allowed Duke Energy to avoid any costly cleanup of contaminated groundwater leaching from its unlined dumps toward rivers, lakes and the drinking wells of nearby homeowners.

OH Groups Seek Federal Coal Review

March 17, 2014 4:58 pm | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

Two Ohio environmental groups will ask federal regulators to investigate circumstances surrounding expired pollution-discharge permits at an agency where allegations of coal-industry influence arose during a personnel flap last year.                   

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Mexican Drug Cartels Deal In Iron Ore

March 17, 2014 4:18 pm | by E. EDUARDO CASTILLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Forget crystal meth. The pseudo-religious Knights Templar drug cartel in western Mexico has diversified to the point that drug trafficking doesn't even rank among its top sources of income.                 

Gold Mine Delays Could Derail MT Project

March 17, 2014 11:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Delays in getting a proposed underground gold mine approved in western Montana could cause the company to abandon the project, a mining official said.                                

KY Coal Firm Slapped With Illegal Dumping Fine

March 13, 2014 10:52 am | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Kentucky coal company will pay $660,000 in fines for illegally dumping mining debris into Appalachian streams under a proposed order in federal court.                           

NC Utilities Chairman Testifies In Coal Ash Investigation

March 13, 2014 10:01 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina's top utilities regulator has been subpoenaed as part of the broadening criminal investigation triggered by last month's massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge.           

NM Coal Mine Expansion Approved

March 13, 2014 9:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Bureau of Land Management has issued a lease allowing for more than 9 million tons of coal to be mined in western New Mexico.                               

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Ohio Environmental Protection Agency records show 13 of the 18 have expired since Republican Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011, or about a quarter of the 49 issued to coal facilities.

Ohio Governor Linked To 18 Lapsed Pollution Permits

March 12, 2014 12:37 pm | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency records show 13 of the 18 have expired since Republican Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011, or about a quarter of the 49 issued to coal facilities.                 

Virginia is examining any potential long-term environmental damage from a North Carolina coal ash spill on the Dan River and will hold Duke Energy "fully accountable" if any is found, the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality said M

VA Plans Long-Term Review Of Coal Ash Spill

March 11, 2014 10:12 am | by STEVE SZKOTAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia is examining any potential long-term environmental damage from a North Carolina coal ash spill on the Dan River and will hold Duke Energy "fully accountable" if any is found, the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality said Monday.

North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Duke CEO: Customers Will Pay For Coal Ash Cleanup

March 10, 2014 11:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy's CEO says while the company and its shareholders will pay to clean up a coal ash spill in the Dan River, its customers will shoulder the costs of closing the rest of the utility's coal ash ponds across North Carolina.

Canoe guide Brian Williams dipped his paddle downstream from where thousands of tons of coal ash has been spewing for days into the Dan River, turning the wooden blade flat to bring up a lump of gray sludge.

Judge Rules On Ash Dump Cleanup

March 7, 2014 10:59 am | by MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy must take immediate action to eliminate sources of groundwater contamination at its coal ash dumps, a judge said Thursday.                                    

House Blocks Obama's Carbon Curbs

March 7, 2014 10:27 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aiming at the heart of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change, the Republican-controlled House voted to block the administration's plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants.

Record Fines Imposed For Coal Mining Operations

March 6, 2014 11:13 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alpha Natural Resources Inc., the nation's third-largest coal supplier, will pay a $27.5 million fine and spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges from 79 mines and 25 coal processing facilities in West Virginia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky.    

Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty is pushing back against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after it took a step that could ultimately lead it to prohibit or restrict development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect in the Bristol Bay regio

Alaska Pushes Back Against EPA

March 6, 2014 10:54 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty is pushing back against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after it took a step that could ultimately lead it to prohibit or restrict development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect in the Bristol Bay region.

Violence At Mexican Mine

March 6, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Canadian mining company said Wednesday that an illegal miner was killed in a clash with guards at the firm's silver mine in central Mexico.                                

A bill targeting the power plant rule is slated for a vote on the House floor Thursday as GOP lawmakers fight back against what they call the Obama administration's "war on coal."

House Fights Obama's Carbon Limits

March 6, 2014 10:34 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bill targeting the power plant rule is slated for a vote on the House floor Thursday as GOP lawmakers fight back against what they call the Obama administration's "war on coal."                          

Ameren Sued Over Coal Plants

March 6, 2014 7:15 am | by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A national environmental group has made good on its promise to sue a St. Louis-based utility over what it calls thousands of violations of federal clean air laws.                              

NC Officials Call For Duke Pipe Probe

March 6, 2014 7:15 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators are pressing Duke Energy to send robot cameras up drainage pipes at all of its coal ash dumps in the state following a big spill last month that left 70 miles of the Dan River coated in toxic sludge.                        

Layoffs At CA Gold Mine

March 5, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An attempt to unearth new riches from some of the Gold Rush era's most productive mines has stalled, with the owners announcing Tuesday that they must spend more than $1 million before work can resume.                 

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