NC regulators helped Duke Energy avoid federal lawsuits over pollution at its coal ash ponds

  • by: MICHAEL BIESECKER , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 9, 2014 - 12:50 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. — Over the last year, environmental groups have tried three times to use the federal Clean Water Act to force Duke Energy to clear out leaky coal ash dumps like the one that ruptured last week, spewing enough toxic sludge into a North Carolina river to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

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