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NC river swirls with gray muck near flooded coal ash dump

Sep. 22, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Gray muck is flowing into the Cape Fear River from the site of a dam breach at a Wilmington power plant where an old coal ash dump had been covered over by Florence's floodwaters. Forecasters predicted the water will continue to rise Saturday at the L.V. Sutton Power Station. Duke...

Flooding: Dam breach at Duke plant; coal ash could spill

Sep. 21, 2018 9:43 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Florence's floodwaters breached a dam holding back a large reservoir at a Wilmington power plant Friday, and coal ash from an adjacent dump could be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River. Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the utility doesn't believe the breach at the L.V....

The Latest: Death toll rises to 43 in aftermath of Florence

Sep. 21, 2018 9:21 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of Hurricane Florence (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Authorities say the death toll has now risen to 43 dead in the aftermath of former Hurricane Florence. A statement released by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's office said Friday evening that there are now 32 confirmed dead in that...

Canceling Georgia nuclear plant could cost owners billions

Sep. 21, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The federal government is warning the owners of a troubled nuclear power plant in Georgia that any move to cancel a planned expansion would lead to demands for quick repayment of nearly $6 billion in federal loans. In a letter to the plant's three owners, the Department of Energy said late...

The Latest: Feds say canceling nuke plant could cost owners

Sep. 21, 2018 6:40 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on cost overruns from construction at a nuclear power plant in Georgia (all times local): 6:40 p.m. The federal government is warning the owners of a troubled nuclear power plant in Georgia that any move to cancel a planned expansion would lead to demands for quick repayment of...

New California law helps utilities with wildfire lawsuits

Sep. 21, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Friday allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires, even if the blazes are blamed on the company's mismanagement. The bill is aimed at preventing bankruptcy or other...

Hotplates, heaters to be given residents after gas disaster

Sep. 21, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Hotplates and space heaters will be distributed to thousands of Massachusetts residents who were left without natural gas following a series of gas explosions and fires, officials announced Friday. The parent company of Columbia Gas, meanwhile, set a Nov. 19 deadline by which it...

The Latest: NFL's Panthers donating to help Florence victims

Sep. 20, 2018 9:04 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Florence (all times local): 9 p.m. The new owner of the NFL's Carolina Panthers has announced an initial package to aid Hurricane Florence disaster relief efforts in North and South Carolina. Owner David Tepper and Panthers Charities announced the donations in a news...

Floodwaters inundate lake at NC power plant, raising alarm

Sep. 20, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike there and inundated a large lake, raising concerns of a potential breach. The dam containing Sutton Lake...

Regulators: NC flooding too bad to tally environmental harm

Sep. 19, 2018 9:16 PM EDT

Aerial photographs show widespread devastation to farms and industrial sites in eastern North Carolina, with tell-tale trails of rainbow-colored sheen indicating potential contamination visible on top of the black floodwaters. However, conditions remain so bad more than five days after Hurricane Florence made...