Duke could be competitive on coal ashThe market study, produced by Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research and Golder Associates, indicates that Duke Energy is well positioned to turn coal ash into a revenue stream with its “competitive advantage” in North Carolina. The study also noted that Duke might be competitive in several other states as well and that annual demand for coal ash is increasing.
‘A significant investment’
Duke Energy spokeswoman Zenica Chatman said the company is using the report’s findings to help determine which plants that ash will come from and what new technologies can process more of it for concrete products.
North Carolina vs. South Carolina
‘Concrete producers are willing to pay’
Key support lacking
‘Not a leader’
The court pointed to three factors that combined to create an unconstitutional legislative interference with the Governor’s executive powers and responsibilities:
1. Each commission has authority to take final executive action (i.e., the Coal Ash Management Commission has the final authority to prioritize coal ash ponds for closure and approve final closure plans);
2. The legislature appointed a majority of the members to each commission; and
3. The legislature limited the Governor’s ability to remove commission members by allowing removal only for cause (such as misconduct).
The implication of the decision is that a separation of powers violation has occurred when all three conditions exist.
The three commissions in this bill are the same commissions that were at issue in McCrory v. Berger. In that case, our Supreme Court ruled that the structure of all three prevented the Governor from performing his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws. This was a violation of the cornerstone principle Of our state’s constitution — the separation of powers. The Court stated, “in light of the final executive authority that these three commissions possess, the Governor must have enough control over them to perform his constitutional duty.” In reaching this conclusion, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the vitality of its unanimous decision in Wallace v. Bone, which- held that the General Assembly may not “retain some control” over commissions endowed with executive powers.
Though they are pleased about the drinking water provisions, citizens and advocacy groups alike say that the bill creates uncertainty when it comes to a recently promised statewide coal-ash cleanup since the commission is tasked with reviewing the DEQ’s classifications that mandated the cleanup.
The bill specifies that Duke Energy must establish memorandums of agreement for “permanent replacement water supplies” to all who live within a half-mile “from the established compliance boundary of a coal combustion residuals impoundment” unless the property is separated by a river, and “as soon as practicable, but no later than October 1, 2017.”
- Thurs., March 24, 2 p.m.: The Lyric Theater, 135 College Ave., Blacksburg, Va. Click here for the Facebook event page.
- Thurs., March 31, 7 p.m.: Alexandria Library Beatley Branch, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va. Click here for the Facebook event page.
- Mon., April 4, 7 p.m.: Rag & Bones Bike Co-op, 3110 W. Leigh St., Richmond, Va. Click here for the Facebook event page.
- Tues., April 5, 7 p.m.: Dumfries Triangle Rescue Squad, 3800 Graham Park Rd., Dumfries, Va. Click here for the Facebook event page.
This is a guest post by Rhiannon Fionn, an independent investigative journalist and filmmaker in post-production on the documentary film “Coal Ash Chronicles.” “I’m fighting for my kids and my neighbors,” says a determined Amy Brown. Brown and hundreds of other North Carolina residents have been using only bottled water for the better part of a… Continue reading
- March 1: Asheville (Buncombe County), Dan River (Rockingham County), Riverbend* (Gaston County), and Sutton (New Hanover County).
- March 10: Cape Fear (Chatham County), H.F. Lee (Wayne County), Weatherspoon (Robeson County).
- March 14: Rogers (formerly Cliffside) — there are two meetings in two different locations being held that night, one in Cleveland County and the other in Rutherford County.
- March 16: Mayo and Roxboro, both in Person County.
- March 22: Allen (Gaston County) and Buck (Rowan County).
- March 24: Belews Creek (Stokes County).
- March 29: Marshall (Catawba County).
- February 24 at 6:30 p.m.: Cleveland County Memorial Library, 104 Howie Dr. Shelby, N.C., 28150. Facebook event page.
- February 25 at 6 p.m.: St. Mark Church of Christ, 700 W Ash St. Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.
- March 1 at 7 p.m.: Catawba College Center for the Environment, 2300 W Innes St. Salisbury, N.C., 28144. Facebook event page.
- March 2 at 7 p.m.: Hattie’s Tap and Tavern, 2918 The Plaza. Charlotte, N.C., 28205. Facebook event page.
- March 3 at 7 p.m.: Temple Emanuel, 201 Oakwood Dr. Winston-Salem, N.C., 27103. Facebook event page.
March 15 at 6 p.m.: Walnut Cove Public Library, 106 5th St. Walnut Cove, N.C., 27052.UPDATE: Because Duke Energy is holding an invitation-only event for residents at its Belews coal plant at the same date and time as our screening, we moved the screening to March 17 at 6 p.m.: Rising Star (Fellowship Hall) 915 Windmill St, Walnut Cove, NC 27052. The Facebook event page has been updated to reflect this change.
I’m looking for information on the coal ash public meetings on your website this morning and, first of all, the links to the meeting information – links that were all working yesterday, including to the public hearings’ schedule – are this morning redirecting to the department’s main page. Searches on your website for things like “coal ash public meeting” or “coal ash priority ranking” show zero results.
- Asheville Power Station email@example.com
- Dan River Steam Station firstname.lastname@example.org
- Riverbend Steam Station email@example.com
- Sutton Power Station firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cape Fear Power Station email@example.com
- H.F. Lee Power Station firstname.lastname@example.org
- Weatherspoon Steam Electric Plant email@example.com
- Rogers Energy Complex (Cliffside) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mayo Power Station email@example.com
- Roxboro Power Station firstname.lastname@example.org
- Allen Steam Station email@example.com
- Buck Steam Station firstname.lastname@example.org
- Belews Creek Steam Station email@example.com
- Marshall Steam Station firstname.lastname@example.org