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Archive for August, 2014

NC moves to fine Duke over coal ash pollution near Wilmington

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina environmental officials are moving to fine Duke Energy over groundwater pollution leeching for years from a pair of coal ash dumps at a retired power plant outside Wilmington.

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued a notice of violation to Duke on Tuesday over the ongoing contamination at the L.V. Sutton Electric Plant in New Hanover County. The site includes a pair of unlined ash dumps estimated to hold 2.6 million tons of ash.

A letter sent to Duke says monitoring wells near dumps showed readings exceeding state groundwater standards for boron, thallium, selenium, iron, manganese and other chemicals. Thallium is a highly toxic poison.

The notice is the first regulatory step toward issuing the utility a fine for violating of the state’s groundwater contamination laws.

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Brunswick continues with its parks renovation plan

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Brunswick County is already eyeing its next park reconstruction project.

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UPDATE: Man charged with DWI following school bus accident

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Officers charged a man with driving while impaired following a school bus accident that sent one student to the hospital early Tuesday.

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Man faces DWI charges in morning school bus crash

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Robert Philip Carroll, 38, is charged with DWI and reckless driving,

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Officials begin followup work to make area more business friendly

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

City of Wilmington and New Hanover County leaders are meeting to discuss the "Pathways to Prosperity" report.

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