February 9, 2014 |
Pete Harrison dipped his kayak paddle into a gray stain on the bank of the murky Dan River. He pulled out a sticky gob 4 inches thick. "That's pure coal ash," he said. Harrison, a lawyer with the Riverkeeper Alliance, was kayaking the river Thursday to take water samples, four days after a massive plume of coal ash laced with toxic chemicals spilled into the river from a storage basin at a retired coal-fired power plant operated by Duke Energy. Environmentalists and the nation's largest electric utility seem to describe two different rivers in the wake of the third-largest coal ash spill in U.S. history.
February 6, 2014 |
EDEN, N.C. - An environmental group Thursday challenged Duke Energy's assurances that drinking water from the Dan River in North Carolina and Virginia remained safe despite a massive spill of toxic coal ash that released a deluge of murky gray sludge into the river Sunday. The Waterkeeper Alliance said its tests of water collected just yards from the spill site here showed dangerous level of toxins, including arsenic, chromium, lead, iron and other heavy metals. Arsenic levels in the samples were 35 times higher than the maximum containment level set by the Environmental Protection Agency for drinking water, the group said.
February 4, 2014 |
Tens of thousands of tons of coal ash have spilled into the Dan River from a closed North Carolina coal plant since Sunday, but drinking water supplies have not been affected, according to municipal officials and the plant's owner, Duke Energy. Between 50,000 and 82,000 tons of ash have poured into the Dan River, which flows between North Carolina and Virginia, Duke Energy said. Corporate officials, who blamed a broken storm water pipe, said Tuesday that the utility was still working to stop the leak at the Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C. About 24 to 27 million gallons of basin water from a 27-acre coal ash reservoir at the retired plant also spilled into the river, Duke Energy said in a statement.
December 26, 2013 |
Mike D'Antoni is still reeling from his foot-in-the-mouth moment the other day. After the Lakers' 117-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Monday, D'Antoni made a comment that he immediately regretted. "Find another team to root for," he said of Lakers fans who are becoming discouraged with the team this season. Oops. He apologized Tuesday. "I was an idiot last night," he said. "I was out of my mind. I was ticked off. We didn't play well and I said some stuff I shouldn't have.
December 17, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before getting a new filling. I wish that was a joke. The Skinny: I must say, HBO's "Getting On," which at first glance was a grim and dark "comedy" about an extended-care unit which is code for a waiting-for-people-to-die unit, is growing on me. Initially the show was tough to watch and tougher to laugh out loud at, but that's starting to change. Maybe I'm just more twisted then I thought. Tuesday's headlines include the reunion of Miramax with Harvey and Bob Weinstein.
December 16, 2013 |
Despite grave concerns over its environmental effects, appetite for coal around the world will continue to grow through 2018, according to a report from the International Energy Agency. Efforts in China to rein in coal dependency will push down the pace of growth to 2.3% a year, the report said. That's down from yearly growth of 3.4% between 2007 and 2012, the report said. "Like it or not, coal is here to stay for a long time to come," Maria van der Hoeven, the agency's executive director, said in a statement.