Judge Orders Duke To Take 'Immediate' Action To Stop Coal Ash Pollution

"RALEIGH — After much debate over how to deal with coal-ash hazards at Duke Energy power plants in North Carolina, a Wake County Superior Court judge says the answer is to take “immediate” action."

"Judge Paul Ridgeway issued a 17-page order on Thursday that seems to cut through years of dithering over the utility’s obligations and what authority the state has to order a prompt response to eliminate an environmental threat.

Exactly what that action should be was not specified."

Anne Blythe reports for the Raleigh News & Observer March 6, 2014.


"Judge: Duke Energy Must Halt Coal Ash Pond Contamination" (WRAL)

"Judge Orders Duke Energy To Rein in Its Coal-Ash Pollution" (Roanoke Times)

"Duke Energy Must Eliminate Source Of Pollution At Coal Ash Ponds" (WUNC)

"Duke Energy Must Immediately Stop Polluting Groundwater In North Carolina, Judge Rules" (Climate Progress)

"Duke Ordered To Stop Groundwater Pollution at North Carolina Coal Plants" (Reuters)

"North Carolina: Judge Orders Action at Ash Dumps" (AP)

Source: Raleigh News & Observer, 03/07/2014