Five more Duke Energy plants cited for violations after coal-ash spill


North Carolina regulators cite five additional Duke Energy (DUK) power plants for lacking required storm-water permits after a recent spill at one of the company's coal-ash dumps coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge.

Two other violations were issued Friday against the Dan River Steam Station in Eden, site of the Feb. 2 spill; DUK could face hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for the violations.

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources indicates it had been aware since at least 2011 that some DUK facilities lacked the required storm-water permits, yet took no enforcement action until after last month's spill.

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  • QC
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    I cannot believe a huge company such as Duke, that has many personnel and other resources, has failed to have the required storm-water permits, and now will be fined. It would seem to me that Duke, and its managers have not taken their operations very seriously. They need to wake up. Maybe the large fines will do that. How many law suits will evolve because of these spills? And what will the cost of all this be? If people are not doing their jobs they need to be fired and replaced. I am very disappointed with Duke, and I hope they will take the necessary steps to correct these issues.
    3 Mar 2014, 06:55 PM Reply Like
  • spinrbait
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    i think there is more to this than is known. duk is as responsible a company for the environment, and take their stewardship of such, as serious as any company in america.
    without knowing details, i think these coal ash ponds have been forced on all the utilities before many safety features can even be worked out and. implemented. there was a coal ash release in tennesee a year or two ago. and i wouldn't be surprised to hear of more in the coming years.

     

    i may be wrong, but i just don't believe for one minute that duk energy was negligent about this.
    4 Mar 2014, 12:09 PM Reply Like
  • larch99
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    I know you want to believe they weren't negligent, but these ash ponds have been around since the plants were open and Duke says that in an informational packet released last year.
    http://bit.ly/1ialRkc
    Utility providers in SC (SCANA, Santee-Cooper) have been moving their ash ponds already and believe other utilities were doing the same prior to this spill. I guess it's better than dumping (coal ash) it "the bad part" of town like they used to do, but not really. NC DENR is under fire to punish DUK, as they haven't done anything yet. DUK has known these permits were not in compliance since 2011 at the latest, not a "important" issue with them until now.
    4 Mar 2014, 12:39 PM Reply Like
  • rwmj
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    I am also disappointed in Duke and the state. The state knew about this before 2011 so they should have taken action.
    3 Mar 2014, 08:41 PM Reply Like
  • QC
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    I see a lot of incompetence here. Plenty to go around. State governments are no different that the federal government. And the executives at Duke, who make a great salary and perks, should be ashamed for what they did and what they failed to do. I am so mad I might sell my stock. When Duke buys a company, they need to be sure of what they purchased, and not guess that everything is alright. It wasn't alright, lacking permits, where were the executives of the companies Duke procured? This whole incident makes Duke look like a mickey mouse outfit not the Fortune 500 they are suppose to be. Duke ranked 145 in Fortune 500 for 2013. Pathetic.
    3 Mar 2014, 09:54 PM Reply Like
  • toomuchgas
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    If they can't follow regulations for coal plants. What condition are their nuclear plants in?
    3 Mar 2014, 08:44 PM Reply Like
  • larch99
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    The NC DENR HAS to issue these violations to make the last 99K fine, err, slap on the wrist be forgotten. They (OTCQB:DENR) settled two environmental violations associated with the ash ponds for 99K at the eleventh hour to relieve DUK of a possibly large settlement. Their hands are dirty, and these actions are the only way to "clean" them for the NC residents.
    4 Mar 2014, 08:57 AM Reply Like
  • maddynuke
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    Toomuchgas:

     

    Duke is in the top group for their nuclear power plant operations, maintenance, and attention to safety. They have top notch people in charge of the nuclear generation area, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has had DUK nuclear plants rated well above other utilities.

     

    As for the coal plant side, I am sure that the environmental permits that are missing are ones that the NC regulator imposed recently, or failed to inform DUK of the changes, etc. Coal plant regulation is a moving target, and environmental regulations are typically a jumbled mess, with contradicting information.
    4 Mar 2014, 02:35 PM Reply Like
  • babirobin
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    There is a federal criminal investigation underway of the NC govt and DUK. Gov McCrory worked at DUK for 28 years. I'm with larch99 ... The NC govt seems to have lost sight of whose interests they are protecting. I sold my stock and putting my money elsewhere.
    4 Mar 2014, 03:00 PM Reply Like
  • justsaying123
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    Frankly this all sounds like a bit of gossip among all of you. until you actually work in one of these facilities you should not be jabbering on like this. Nuclear is probably the safest and most intensely regulated business there is in the US. For every form of power production there is , there will be some kind of side effect. You think windmills is green energy ? Duke just paid $1 million in fines because of bald eagles flying into the windmills and getting killed. who do you think pays that ? the CONSUMER, but do you want to be without power ? The US has become the most spoiled society in the world. nobody conserves and we just keep demanding more. Electricity is still the best deal out there and if you don't believe it then take a look at the average cell phone bill in the US. The cell phone companies don't have near the responsibilities that utilities do.
    7 Mar 2014, 12:55 PM Reply Like
  • spinrbait
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    my duk energy bill is the best bargain i get each month. its lower than my cell phone, or direct tv. some months it gets close to my internet service bill.
    9 Mar 2014, 09:06 AM Reply Like
  • QC
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    A bit of gossip you say? We are not talking about nuclear, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT PERMITS AND FINES!!!!!!! I worked in chemical manufacturing management for 20+ years and QC/QA management for 18+ years. So I know a little about industry. Maybe not much about stocks. Stop making excuses for big companies. JP Morgan screwed up, and they paid a fine, I guess that was ok too. BP made a little error in the Gulf, because they failed to do their job, excuse after excuse. They got people killed on that oil rig. Was that gossip also? Its not ok, wake up.
    9 Mar 2014, 09:12 AM Reply Like
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