Dozens of high hazard coal ash ponds are polluting the drinking water supply and local environment across the Southeastern part of the United States. In North Carolina, the situation is especially dangerous.
Earlier this year, the North Carolina Division of Water Quality of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources filed a lawsuit against Duke Energy about the leakage occurring at the coal plant in Asheville, NC and the Riverbend coal plant on Mountain Island Lake.
Duke Energy is trying to raise electricity bills again to pay for dirty coal and nuclear plants. This is the 3rd time Duke has asked for more money since 2009. They say they need 14% more money from residential customers. This is bad news for North Carolinians.
There is good news, though. You can help us stop Duke from taking more of our hard-earned money. We know, with your help, that we can stop them, because we’ve done it before.
Thanks to some pressure from Google, the largest utility company in the U.S., Duke Energy, now plans to offer renewable energy to its major customers. This will allow Google, who also announced plans today to double the size of one if its largest data centers, an option to power its cloud with clean energy.
In 2008, a coal ash impoundment at TVA Kingston Fossil Fuel Power Plant failed. Five times the volume of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, the coal ash spill was the worst in US history. In 2009, the EPA, overseeing the clean-up operations, began shipping the 4 million tons of toxic coal ash –by rail to a landfill a region in Alabama known as the Black Belt.