Coal Ash

  • State Fines Duke Energy $25 Million

    The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources yesterday levied the largest environmental fine in state history against Duke Energy for groundwater contamination from coal ash ponds at the company’s L.V. Sutton power plant near Wilmington.

  • What’s Next for the Sutton Plant?

    Heavy metals from coal-ash ponds at the Sutton power plant near Wilmington continue to contaminate groundwater. As the state steps up coal-ash management, what’s next for the high-risk plant?

  • Sutton Ponds: An Open-Ended Priority

    In the last of two parts, we’ll uncover what is being done to clean up the two million tons of toxic coal ash that leaks slowly from unlined ponds at the Sutton power plant outside of Wilmington.

  • Sutton Ponds: A Looming Threat?

    The two coal ash ponds at the L.V. Sutton power plant near Wilmington are leaking heavy metals into the groundwater and a nearby lake. We’ll take the next two days to describe what’s in the old ponds and what Duke Energy plans to do about it.

  • Sutton Ponds High on Clean-Up List

    With the N.C. General Assembly session just a few weeks away, the prospect of a coal ash bill appears likely. The Sutton power plant near Wilmington is considered a priority for clean-up plans.

  • Feds Widen Probe of Coal Ash Ponds

    The U.S. attorney in Raleigh issued more subpoenas that widened the probe of the state’s oversight of all toxic coal ash ponds, including three near Wilmington.