"Feds Launch Criminal Probe of NC Agency After Coal Ash Spill"

"RALEIGH — The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into the state environmental agency tasked with regulating Duke Energy after a coal ash spill left the Dan River so polluted that people were advised to avoid contact with the water."

"The probe, environmentalists say, might also open a window into the relationship that state regulators have with the country’s largest electricity provider, a company that also was a 28-year employer of Gov. Pat McCrory.

Subpoenas were issued this week summoning officials from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Duke Energy to produce records before a federal grand jury scheduled to meet in Raleigh March 18-20."

Anne Blythe reports for the Raleigh News and Observer February 13, 2014.


"Feds Launch Criminal Probe in Wake of Massive Coal Ash Spill Into NC River" (AP)

"Federal Grand Jury To Hear From State, Duke in Coal Ash Spill' (Greensboro News & Record)

"U.S. Prosecutors Open Criminal Probe of Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill" (Reuters)

"Subpoena Caps Bad Week for Fossil Fuel" (Aljazeera)

Source: Raleigh News & Observer, 02/14/2014