"Safety of Duke’s SC Coal Ash Ponds Lost in Shuffle"

"WILLIAMSTON — Water is seeping through a coal ash dam in the foothills of South Carolina, raising concerns about the structure’s stability and whether a failure would contaminate the Saluda River."

"But the seepage at Duke Energy’s power plant in Anderson County has gone largely unnoticed as environmental groups and federal prosecutors focus much of their attention on the company’s troubles in North Carolina.

Duke, the energy giant with headquarters in Charlotte, finds itself in the middle of a criminal investigation in the Tarheel State and company officials are trying to explain why they couldn’t prevent a major coal ash spill into the Dan River near the Virginia border."

Sammy Fretwell reports for the Columbia (SC) State February 22, 2014.

SEE ALSO:

"Federal Case Looking at Duke Energy And State Regulators Begins To Unfold" (Raleigh News & Observer)

"In North Carolina Coal Ash Spill Case, Feds Eye Southern Regulators" (Christian Science Monitor)

"Coal-Ash Leeching Threatens Local Water, N.C. Residents Say" (AP)

"Second North Carolina Coal Ash Spill Plugged, But Concerns Remain" (Los Angeles Times)

"Fitzsimon: All Ash Ponds Leaking" (Greenville Daily Reflector)

Editorial: "DENR Actions on Coal Ash Raise Questions" (Charlotte News & Observer)

"Coal-Ash Dumps Threaten Community" (AP)

Opinion: "Obama Administration Grade on Coal Ash: Failing" (National Geographic: Bill Chameides)

Source: The State, 02/24/2014