Duke Energy & Pollution continues its arrogance

Apparently Duke Energy & Pollution has grown accustomed to running the state of North Carolina and in particular, receiving the response "How high?" when ordering officials at NC DENR to jump.

In their latest demonstration of disdain for rules to protect the environment, Duke Energy & Pollution has responded to DENR's notices of violation. DENR cited Duke Energy & Pollution for illegal stormwater discharges at 6 different sites.

Duke Energy & Pollution says those citations are "in error". They said they don't even need permits for two of the sites, and:

For the four other sites, the letter says, Duke has had permit applications pending for months or years at DENR and was working through the permitting process with the agency in good faith.

"We expected that DENR would be issuing the stormwater permits," said Duke spokesman Tom Williams, noting that the process had taken longer than usual.

Yeah, that's right. Duke's claim of innocence is based on their assumption that DENR would give them permission to discharge stormwater, so they just went ahead and discharged stormwater.

After all, DENR never told them "no" before, right? DENR always does what Duke tells them, right? And Duke invested a million bucks to ensure great "customer service", right?



We all know what happens when you assume.

The letter [from Duke Senior Vice President Charles Gates] notes that utility staff left an April 24, 2012, meeting with the agency "with the understanding that NCDENR would consider and clarify their approach for stormwater permitting and communicate that to the companies."

"We were waiting for action by the staff," Williams said, "and then we were slapped with a violation, ultimately, following the spill."

We just assumed that Dad would say it was OK to pee in the front yard, so we went ahead and did it. And then we got grounded! No fair!

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

You might need Valium...

...Duke has added thallium.

According to a release from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, tests of surface water near coal ash ponds at Duke Energy's Cliffside plant in Gaston County found levels of thallium that exceeded recommended water quality standards for drinking water supplies.

Thallium is a metal that's produced when some coal is burned. It was commonly used as a rat poison until the U.S. banned it for consumer use in 1975, due to its very high toxicity.

In the 20th century, it was known as "the poisoner's poison" because it's colorless and odorless and its compounds dissolve easily in water.

The agency news release did not note thallium's poisonous properties, describing it only as a "by-product of burned coal."

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis