Coal Ash Wednesday: arrested legislative development

Making a mess of cleaning up a mess:

“The Senate bill was weak to begin with,” said Kemp Burdette, Riverkeeper with Cape Fear River Watch, “it got even weaker in the House.” The legislation, he said, still does not spell out how DENR and the new coal ash commission should evaluate the sites.

Burdette toured the ash ponds at Duke’s Chatham County plant at the other end of the Cape Fear River on Friday and said the ponds should have been on the high priority list from the outset. The site did make the list briefly, after a coalition of Democrats and Sandhills Republicans won a vote on an amendment to add it to the priority list. The win was later overturned after House leaders intervened. Burdette said given what he saw on Friday, taking the Cape Fear ponds off the list seemed wrong.

“It looks pretty bad,” he said. “There are multiple seeps. The ponds are leaking. All five of [the ponds’ dams] are ranked as high hazard and they are arguably the most dangerous in the state.”

Common sense and science don't stand a chance when politics intervenes.


Yes, they do

And it usually gets screwed up in favor of polluters and other corporate hangers-on. Guh.

They really should

wear the logos of their corporate sponsors -- Duke Energy & Pollution, private & charter school profiteers, Koch Industries, Rose's/Maxway, ALEC, Aqua NC, Family Research Council, Fox News, NRA, Hatteras Yachts, Heritage Foundation, Wing Nut Daily, John Locke Foundation, Civitas, ...

Hmm, sounds like a poster project...

"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