Coal ash lawsuit settlement with Duke Energy "toothless"

Bringing up a new word to describe John Skvarla's DENR, "useless":

In a proposed order that will be open for public comment for 30 days, Duke agrees to assess the sources and extent of contamination at Riverbend and at its Asheville power plant. Duke would be fined $99,000 if the order becomes final. “We must know the extent of any contamination before a meaningful corrective action plan can be carried out,” said Jamie Kritzer, a spokesman for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Really? You're going to rely on (and apparently are dependent upon) the company responsible for the pollution to yell you how bad the pollution is, before you can come up with a "meaningful" plan? What part of "conflict of interest" do you not understand? It's not unlike asking a criminal to prosecute himself, frankly, and is so far off the mark from what the public expects from the DENR that it boggles the mind.


Duke Energy owns Pat McCrory

Pat McCrory owns John Skvarla.

They are all free-market ideologues who use government for personal profit.

There is nothing to see here. Move along.

"Nope, No Contamination Here!"

Said Duke Energy inspector Rob M. Blind. Co-inspector Barry D. Evidence concurred, "I don't see any problems at all, and if you don't believe me, why, we'll get the Guvnor himself to come and verify that everything's just fine!"

It's a good thing, too, because $99K would break the company. Such a highly punitive fine would really teach them a lesson. And it's not like they've got their own boy in the governor's mansion, or a big-business special interest running DENR.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014