North Carolina Fines Duke Energy a Measly $7 Million for Coal Ash Contamination — And Environmentalists Are Pissed
The settlement includes another $10-15 million to help accelerate the clean up of groundwater contamination around four coal-fired power plants.
Ninety-three percent of drinking water wells tested by state regulators were found to have toxins, which could be due to Duke Energy coal ash ponds — or geology.
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In this excerpt, VICE News correspondent Neha Shastry visits Little Blue Run, the largest coal ash impoundment in the US, and speaks to a resident about the environmental effects of this big blue toxic lake.
In this extra scene, a couple living near a coal ash pond in Dukeville, North Carolina, speak about how finding out that their drinking water is contaminated shone a new light on the illnesses in their family and in the neighborhood over the years.
In the final part of our series, VICE News travels to Pennsylvania, home to the largest coal ash pond in the country, which continues to leak dangerous pollutants out into the community.
In part one, VICE News travels to North Carolina to visit a river that’s been poisoned with arsenic from a nearby Duke Energy site, and speak with a resident who has found toxic heavy metals in her drinking water.
Nearly all of the coal ash that leaked from a Duke Energy-owned coal ash impoundment remains at the bottom of the Dan River in North Carolina.