Tag: utilities

Duke Energy Coal Ash Settlement

Last week, Duke Energy, the nation’s largest electric power company pleaded guilty in federal court to illegal pollution for discharging ash and water from leaking coal-ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.  The company’s plea to nine misdemeanor counts involved violations of the Clean Water Act was part of a negotiated settlement with federal […]

Water Quality Credits Pilot Program Launched

A first of its kind program – the water quality credits trading pilot program – has been launched in the Ohio River Basin. Water quality trading is a market-based approach that seeks to achieve water quality goals for nutrients, such as phosphorus and nitrogen, through programs that will allow permitted emitters to purchase nutrient reductions […]

The Cloudy Future of Carbon Capture Technology

It seems that as soon as one question is answered, another emerges in its wake, at least when it comes to the future of carbon capture technology.  While the EPA announced new rules for future power plants that confirmed the reliance on the technology in future coal plants, the promise of this technology took a […]