This story is closed for comments. Comments on WRAL.com news stories are accepted and moderated between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
tayled Aug 20, 8:12 a.m.
No need for legislative action if Duke would man up and admit it did wrong and clean it up!
wildpig777 Aug 20, 4:18 a.m.
the utilities commission is a complete joke. over the last year nc natural gas has come into communities and ran rough shod over every landowner where they have an easement. nc utilities commission will not even send out an investigator. NCNG is a very poor business entity and NOT GOOD FOR the citizens of NC.
Come On_Seriously Aug 19, 3:52 p.m.
"If they could have attached a provision to this bill restricting the rights of gays, or expanding the rights of gun owners, the legislature would have taken quick, decisive action. But since it only involves the environment and well being of the residents of NC, there wasn't much impetus for them to do anything." KNOWSITALL
True. So true.
recontwice Aug 19, 3:47 p.m.
No matter what the plan you can be sure its duke approved before we see or hear any of it!!
bill15 Aug 19, 3:35 p.m.
Make Duke Power clean it up. They can make cinderblocks out of the waste and get it out of the landfills.
rickandlinda88 Aug 19, 3:16 p.m.
the furher-governor has spoken!!duke power will not pay for their own mess.might hurt his duke power stock,which he has hidden his ownership of.do not disagree with the furher-governor,you might be taken away in the night and never heard from again..the citizens of north carolina will pay for this clean-up.
42 Aug 19, 3:09 p.m.
"Lawmakers close to deal on coal ash..."
And they did not even pay for the taxpayer's dinner yet.
LittleDragon Aug 19, 3:09 p.m.
I don't understand the big delay, they made a mess, now they have to clean it up.
yruatwit Aug 19, 3:08 p.m.
As I've said before, this General Assembly including our Governor has no more concern in cleaning these sites as the man on the moon. Their concern is how to protect the big pockets and financial interests of the Duke Energy elite and their share holders. How bout it NC, are you better off with this current group? You voted for them, bet you had no idea that vote would come back to bite you so hard.
jonara Aug 19, 2:55 p.m.
Have you called the utilities commission lately?
They are a joke. It took 3 months for me to get a street light bulb replced b/c the Utilities commssion kept making excuses for Duke Energy and pretending that the complaint I filed was ratified.
It took me calling my state Senator to get a street light bulb replaced.
Save It Aug 19, 2:25 p.m.
Somehow I do not doubt this legislation has been secured in favor of Duke. Please take care of Big Corp. Inc. Their shareholders need some welfare.
KnowsItAll Aug 19, 2:20 p.m.
"Think again trying to make this a Democrat issue."
Not to mention that the governor worked for Duke Energy/Power for 29 years AND lied about his stock holdings after the catastrophe.
If they could have attached a provision to this bill restricting the rights of gays, or expanding the rights of gun owners, the legislature would have taken quick, decisive action. But since it only involves the environment and well being of the residents of NC, there wasn't much impetus for them to do anything.
Rebelyell55 Aug 19, 2:19 p.m.
We have an agency with the power to make Duke clean up this mess, and the Governor who can also put muscle behind the agency. We have a utiltiy com. that can make sure Duke does not pass on the cost to the customer. Yet, our GA is discussing how they're going to pass a bill to instruct them how to clean it up and who going to pay for it? Just another example of who really is in control of our state goverment. With all the heavy rain we've had in places, wonder if Duke is still pump off water off of these ponds? Wonder if anyone know how much tax dollars has been wasted so far over this?
JustaThought2 Aug 19, 2:16 p.m.
Hey Tom T., you are the Speaker of the House, you are suppose to know what is going on. First it was, we are going to adjourn without taking action because the Governor and DENR are doing a good job handling it. Now it is, we might have a deal, but you will have to read and vote on it fast. Sounds like somebody read the latest polls and is working on damage control.
jonara Aug 19, 2:05 p.m.
Living in fantasy land.
McCrory worked for Duke energy how long?!?!
jonara Aug 19, 2:04 p.m.
"Lawmakers close to deal on coal ash kickback"
Fixed it for ya.
Squidy Aug 19, 1:59 p.m.
Really? This is a company that did this and I would bet a large amount of the upper management team lean to the GOP... Think again trying to make this a Democrat issue.
The_Analyst Aug 19, 1:58 p.m.
I read somewhere previously that adding coal ash to cement and cinder blocks is a cost effective way to make the ash disappear while lightening the weight of these products. If this is an environmentally sound way of sequestering the ash so that it can't poison the environment somewhere else, it should be considered even though it might take a good bit longer to clean it up.
The_Analyst Aug 19, 1:54 p.m.
Ya think so?? Usually it's the other way around. Bush's 1.9 trillion per year deficit which Obama's crew, economic recovery, and a little austerity from both parties reduced to about 500 billion. Which is the about the amount the GOP won't let the IRS collect yearly in unpaid taxes. In other words, if the IRS was allowed to collect all the taxes the top 5% or so is not paying / cheating on, there would be NO deficit right now.
theysayirock Aug 19, 1:44 p.m.
Duke Energy let it happen... And it doesn't matter (DEM or REP) who is in office it needs to get cleaned up. Not next year, not within 10 years, NOW!
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03