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Debunking Duke Energy Deception over Emissions, Coal Plant Closures

News media should beware of corporate green-washing versus facts: Duke remains the dirtiest US power company – and it’s making climate change worse

Over the past six years, Duke Energy has repeatedly gotten away with major deception by trumpeting its closure of coal-fired power plants while building more coal and fracking gas plants and still claiming – with straight corporate face – that its carbon emissions have trended downward since 2008.  In fact, Duke remains the nation’s largest utility polluter, the coal plants it’s closing were barely being used, and its claims of carbon emission reductions ignore well-documented methane leakage during the natural gas life-cycle.

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Citizens Groups Ask Court to Order Cleanup of Seven of 14 Duke Energy N.C. Coal Ash Sites

Clean Up of Remaining Seven Unlined, Leaking Sites Still Sought in Court

Citizens groups today asked Wake County Superior Court to conclude litigation over seven of 14 sites where Duke Energy stores coal ash in unlined, leaking pits near rivers, lakes and drinking water reservoirs after the company proposed court orders to clean up those seven sites by removing the coal ash to safer dry, lined storage away from waterways. The seven sites that would be cleaned up under the proposed court order are Asheville, Riverbend, Sutton, Dan River, Cape Fear, Lee, and Weatherspoon. The proposed court orders would address the source of contamination for communities near and downstream from seven of the 14 Duke Energy coal ash sites in North Carolina.

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North Carolina Student Among Those Honored by White House, EPA

The White House Council on Environmental Quality together with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the winners and honorable mentions of the annual President’s Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA) and Presidential Innovation Awards for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). Sharon Chen, a junior from Durham, N.C., was among the 44 students and 27 teachers from across the country who were honored during a ceremony at the White House for outstanding contributions to environmental education and stewardship.

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Regency Centers in Raleigh, NC Awarded 2015 EPA Region 4 Rain Catcher Award

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Regency Centers with the regional 2015 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Commercial Category for the Market at Colonnade project in Raleigh, N.C. The award was given at a ceremony during the EPA Region 4/International Erosion Control Association Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference, in Atlanta, Ga.

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City of Durham, N.C. Department of Public Works Awarded 2015 EPA Region 4 Rain Catcher Award

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the City of Durham Department of Public Works with the regional 2015 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Municipal Category for the Rain Catchers project in Durham, N.C. The award was given at a ceremony during the EPA Region 4/International Erosion Control Association Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference, in Atlanta, Ga.

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Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Awarded 2015 EPA Region 4 Rain Catcher Award

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians with the regional 2015 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Tribal Category for the Native Plant Facility project in western North Carolina. The award was given at a ceremony during the EPA Region 4/International Erosion Control Association Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference, in Atlanta, Ga.

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