Duke Energy and NC regulators face federal investigation
by Jason Schwartz
© Jason Miczek / Greenpeace
Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a massive coal ash spill into the Dan River. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Raleigh issued grand jury subpoenas demanding records from Duke Energy and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The subpoenas seek emails, memos and reports from 2010 through the Feb. 2 spill. The Associated Press obtained a copy on Thursday of the subpoena issued to the state. A Duke spokesman confirmed the company had also received one. Prosecutors ordered the state environmental agency's chief lawyer to appear next month before a grand jury.While DENR is being investigated, other government agencies are stepping in to do its job of protecting people from the spills dangers. In a sign of little faith in DENR, which had been slow and initially inaccurate about the safety of drinking water in the Dan River, North Carolinas Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that
People should avoid contact with water and sediment downstream from the spill, avoid eating fish or shellfish from the river, and that any skin that comes into contact with water or sediment from the Dan River should be washed immediately.Were so relieved to hear that there are government agencies in North Carolina who put the interests of the people who live there over their corporate benefactors. As for Duke Energy and the crooked regulators Governor McCrory installed on its behalf? We cant wait to see them try to explain themselves to a grand jury.