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  • funnything Jun 6, 11:59 p.m.

    Skvarla, the climate science denier, the guy who thinks oil is an infinite resource, the guy who says that the agency he heads is the biggest impediment to economic growth, the guy who admits he knows little about coal sah pollution, the guy who republicans put in charge, thar's the guy who now say science will help clean this up?

    oh pullleeeeez! NNNOOOOOOO!

    http://www.salon.com/2014/03/05/meet_the_environmental_regulator_who_hates_science_john_skvarlas_coal_ash_mess/

  • ddicorcia Jun 5, 3:55 p.m.

    Get rid of him NOW!

    http://pac.petitions.moveon.org/sign/impeach-pat-mccrory

  • TITAN4X4 Jun 5, 3:00 p.m.

    The only plan that should be considered is DE cleaning up their mess responsibly and not increasing consumer energy rates. They (DE inherited it by acquiring Progress) need to just suck it up. EPA regulations were in effect long before this mess came to light. Haz Mat clean up should have been considered as part of the assets and liabilities of acquiring Progress! I bet the state will approve a rate hike to help bail DE out of this mess, so we as tax payers will bare the brunt of clean up!

  • support18 Jun 5, 2:58 p.m.

    The folks who are always the most defensive and ready to lash out in anger when called out on their behavior do so for one simple reason. They know they are wrong, doing something wrong, or doing it for the wrong or inappropriate reasons, and are upset at being called out on their behavior. This whole cadre of outsiders from the right wing controlling our state knows what they are doing is wrong each and every day, and their only defense is to get mad at the people who are exposing them for who and what they really are. Bullies do exactly the same thing.

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 5, 2:56 p.m.

    Of course Rabin don't understand anything. Most likely one of the worse or useless Sen. to be put in by Harnett Co. Where was his voice when Duke was pump toxic water in the stream going into the Capefear river? Now he's Ok, with the Fracking, and bet he ain't said nothing about how quickly they have to response to a spill.

  • support18 Jun 5, 2:47 p.m.

    Skvarla "We're in charge of this train wreck, and you better believe it!"

  • anotherbabyboomer Jun 5, 2:46 p.m.

    Division of Water Resources director Tom Reeder called the closure plan the "crown jewel" of the governor's proposal but said Duke could be allowed to cap coal ash pits and leave the toxic sludge in place at some other sites.

    Why is that if it isn't for some kind of political agenda? Every site should be cleaned up.

  • ALLIN Jun 5, 2:35 p.m.

    It's not the Governors Plan. He made that very clear that he would let the people responsible for it do the planning and negotiations. He is a leader and leaders lead, they delegate to people more knowledgeable than he.He is a leader who has been advised about the progress, has given constructive feed back to his advisers and they go forward. Sure Gov. McCrory has signed off on it as a starting point. I hope all the ponds are cleansed, the coal plants demolished and replaced by solar, wind, nuclear powered electrical sources.

  • AliceBToklas Jun 5, 2:21 p.m.

    I know it will take time to implement but the state must determine the standards and timelines for any cleanup. Then Duke must be held to these. Then new guidelines & standards for any new sites need to be established and closely monitored. The problem, as always, is that this will cost the state money just to do their side of the work. There is not much appetite in the GA for spending on anything.

  • rednek Jun 5, 2:12 p.m.

    More of our government looking out for us; first fast track Fracking to pollute the ground water and the next day allow DE to do as they please with their polluting ash ponds, some have already polluted one creek; what is the next waterway to be polluted by DE? With the blessing of our dear Governor.

  • Mon Account Jun 5, 2:12 p.m.

    Science and engineering? More like smoke and mirrors.
    McCrory needs to go. Duke needs to pay to fix the mess they've created. No rate hikes, either, until they get their business in order.

  • tomfoolery Jun 5, 2:09 p.m.

    I wonder if DENR will provide the same kind of oversight for fracking as they have provided here? Or are they too busy "playing politics"?

  • recontwice Jun 5, 2:00 p.m.

    Funny that no one seemed to address how muck duke was gonna soak the consumer on all this!!

  • Stuck in the snow Jun 5, 1:52 p.m.

    The voters of NC are driving this train DENR! You're going to be reminded of that very soon. Tell Duke no rate increases till all coal ash ponds are cleaned up. Top that off with a per day fine and we will see how long it takes them to finish the job.

  • monami Jun 5, 1:51 p.m.

    "Skvarla replied that the timeline would depend on the plans submitted by Duke..."

    Hmmm, Duke drives the cleanup? Ah, yes, I get it. You're just a shill who does what they want...

  • scubagirl2 Jun 5, 1:46 p.m.

    "Division of Water Resources director Tom Reeder called the closure plan the "crown jewel" of the governor's proposal but said Duke could be allowed to cap coal ash pits and leave the toxic sludge in place at some other sites. "

    What is NOT being mentioned here that I can see is that DE will NOT be footing the entire bill in spite of what we were lead to believe, now we the customers get to pay for their slackness. It was mentioned this morning on the 6am news but I see no mention of it now....

    "For instance," Starr testified, "at the Lee facility in Goldsboro, groundwater is being poisoned by arsenic at over 60 times the state standard. Let that sink in. Sixty times the state standard."

    Great boon for the bottled water industry now isn't it. Are they lobbying as well?

  • 42 Jun 5, 1:38 p.m.

    Lined landfills. Anything less is a sweetheart deal for Duke Energy.

  • downeast2 Jun 5, 1:33 p.m.

    He pledged that "science and engineering will determine" what clean-up process the state will... View More

    — Posted by Grand Union

    Indeed.....science & engineering don't rule in this state, political & religious ideology do. And no one can deny that, not even the right wingers.
    And yes, don't hold your breath.....

  • Grand Union Jun 5, 1:23 p.m.

    He pledged that "science and engineering will determine" what clean-up process the state will require of Duke Energy at each site,
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/senate-hears-governor-s-coal-ash-plan/13704685/#GoIsRbA4DvYMmJqJ.99

    Yeah like science and engineering determined what the State are doing about global warming?

    The only good thing here is that the Tea party NC House seem to have little liking for McCrory so they might just do something to make Duke clear up its mess at its expense, but I'm not holding my breath.

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