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?