Environment and nature
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge says Duke Energy must take immediate action to eliminate the source of groundwater pollution at its coal ash dumps.
Wake County Judge Paul Ridgeway's ruling comes a month after a massive coal ash spill from a Duke facility in Eden coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic gray sludge.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing a record fine for thousands of water pollution violations by coal mine operators in five Appalachian states.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A family from South Carolina is safe after their minivan became submerged in the Atlantic surf on Florida's Daytona Beach.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/1cBhiYk) reports the woman and her children — ages 3, 9, and 10 — somehow ended up in the water around 5 p.m. Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the nation's largest coal producers will pay a $27.5 million fine and is set to spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges into waterways across five Appalachian states.
The proposed settlement is the largest ever of its kind.