Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Perdue: Regulate utilities' coal-ash ponds

Gov. Bev Perdue is calling for legislature to regulate power companies' coal ash, the leftover waste from coal-fired power plants. Utility companies have opposed more regulation of coal ash ponds, though more recently they have embraced the idea of some regulation, following public reaction after last winter's breach of a holding pond in Tennessee that released a toxic tide of coal-ash slurry.

Duke Energy has a number of the ponds, including several near Mountain Island Lake, Charlotte's water supply.

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that North Carolina has more than one-fourth of the nation's high-hazard coal-ash ponds -- defined as ponds where a failure could mean deaths.

Perdue is backing legislation sponsored by Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford, to bring about more state monitoring and regulation of coal ash ponds and make them subject, at long last, to the state Dam Safety Act. Here's Perdue's announcement earlier this afternoon:

RALEIGH – Gov. Perdue today urged state lawmakers to pass legislation that would increase the safety oversight of coal ash ponds in North Carolina. The legislation would subject the dams that create coal ash ponds to direct inspection by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
“Because of where some of the ponds are located, greater safety oversight and more frequent inspections will help reduce potential risks,” said Gov. Perdue.
A “high hazard” designation was created in the 1980’s for coal ash impoundments and other similar dams that are near densely populated areas or downstream water supplies because of the potential impact of a dam’s failure. The designation does not reflect the structural condition of the dam.
Currently, power companies are only required to file reports every five years by private engineers on the structural conditions of the dams. The impoundments are exempt from regulation under the N.C. Dam Safety Act.
The proposal will be sponsored by Rep. Pricey Harrison of Greensboro and will subject coal ash dams to the Dam Safety Act, which would more closely regulate the impoundments and would require a state inspection every two years.


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Cut spending and lower taxes!!! Enough is enough!

Anonymous said...

Is there anything Bev Perdue doesn't want to regulate? Maybe Bev can regulate how often I use the bathroom.

Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
传斌 said...

replica Watches
replica Watches
replica Watches
fake Watches
knockoff Watches
replica Rolex Watches
replica Breitling Watches
replica Cartier Watches
replica Omega Watches
replica Tag Heuer Watches
replica Bell & Ross Watches
replica Panerai Watches
replica IWC Watches
replica Patek Philippe Watches
replica Chopard Watches
replica Gucci Watches
replica Corum Watches
replica Montblanc Watches
replica Jacob & Co Watches
replica A.Dunhill Watches
replica A.Lange & Sohne Watches
replica Alain Silberstein Watches
replica Audemars Piguet Watches
replica B.R.M Watches
replica Baume & Mercier Watches
replica Blancpain Watches
replica BMW Watches
replica Breguet Watches
replica Burberry Watches
replica Bvlgari Watches
replica Chronoswiss Watches
replica Concord Watches
replica D&G Watches
replica De Witt Watches
replica Dior Watches

Anonymous said...

Replica Handbags
Fake Handbags
Knockoff Handbags

Replica Louis Vuitton Handbags
Replica Gucci Handbags
Replica Chanel Handbags
Prada Handbags
Replica Fendi Handbags
Replica Dolce Gabbana Handbags
Replica Chloe Handbags
Replica Jimmy Choo Handbags
Replica Thomas Wylde Handbags
Replica MiuMiu Handbags

Replica Balenciaga Handbags
Replica Coach Handbags
Replica Lancel Handbags
Replica Hermes Handbags
Replica Marc Jacobs Handbags
Replica Anya Hindmarch Handbags
Replica YSL Handbags
Replica Mulberry Handbags
Replica Givenchy Handbags
Replica Valentino Handbags
Replica Versace Handbags
Replica Cartier Handbags
Replica Marni Handbags
Replica Bottega Veneta Handbags
Replica Loewe Handbags
Replica Kooba Handbags

Replica Bally Handbags
Replica Burberry Handbags
Replica Christian Dior Handbags
Replica Juicy Couture Handbags
Replica Ferragamo Handbags
Replica Celine Handbags