A tentative agreement has been reached that could lead to a settlement of a state lawsuit against Duke Energy.
The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources filed the lawsuit last spring. It alleged that Duke Energy coal ash stored at the utilities Asheville power plant and its power plant in Charlotte leaked toxic chemicals into the French Broad River and Mountain Island Lake. Environmental groups are blasting the proposed settlement which calls for the utility to pay a $99,000 fine and be required to study whether its coal ash storage facilities are threatening the environment. David Hurand spoke with Western North Carolina Alliance Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson about the proposed settlement.