Off The Wall
Feb Open Forum - Overtime Pay - Duke Merger Monkeys - Welcome to 2014
"McCrory needs to come clean...Are you going to serve the public or Duke Energy?"
"reporters have scrutinized Duke's cozy relationship with North Carolina lawmakers"
"But the determination of payment will be up to the North Carolina Utilities Commission"
"DENR and Duke...taken a very stubborn and arrogant attitude toward this"
"I'd say they deserve a large punishment. That kind of negligence is inexcusable"
"Mr. Issa has proved to be his own worst enemy, stepping on his own message"
"has been hailed as one of the greatest failures of privatization in world history"
"Mr. Ryan and colleagues outright misstate what the research says"
"Republican legislative leaders say Duke's clout won't be enough this time around"
"she quit DENR last fall after 10 years because of changes pushed by McCrory"
"The state is afraid of Duke Energy"
"5 million gallon spill from the Cliffside steam station in October 2005"
"going to be more customer-friendly toward business and…relieve regulatory burdens"
"These are violations of state and federal law, and we are holding the utility responsible"
"get permits out quickly and get out of the way of business, or else"
"deflection of responsibility by Gov. Pat McCrory...'is immoral. It's unjust. It's sinful' "
"No corporation paid more to get Pat McCrory elected than Duke Energy"
"DENR also is facing a federal investigation in connection with Duke’s coal ash spill"
"Duke has these holes in the ground filled with toxic coal ash that they've left behind"
"responded to a call of an unusual substance in the water"
"eight additional corrugated metal pipes at Duke Energy coal ash ponds"
"the facility is proving that fears about its viability were valid"
"a damaged drainage overflow pipe was discovered at the site last week"
"Duke revealed last week that eight of its 33 ash ponds have corrugated metal pipes"
"Republican lawmakers cut the agency's budget...the permitting process ground to a halt"
"would have used the plutonium to produce fuel for commercial nuclear reactors"
"We say Duke has profited heavily from the merger and its customers have not"
"Gov. Pat McCrory...has been protecting Duke Energy"
"will retire effective June 1"
"McCrory...to make the case for opening up their coasts to offshore drilling"
"will pay a $27.5 million fine and spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges"
"regulators were told to play down enforcement of pollution laws"
"they believe the pole snapped below the ground"
"over-the-top fees...massive hidden fees"
"crackdown…follows…investigation of the relationship between Duke and DENR"
"repeatedly flagged the drainage pipes...as potential problems"
"They’ve been shut down internally after leadership met with lobbyists from Duke"
"It really shouldn’t be that hard to commit to simply doing the right thing"
"It is amnesty for polluters"
"Duke Energy officials aren’t talking"
"She and others said they were told to stop writing Notices of Violation to polluters"
"regulators had knowingly allowed Duke to operate without the required permit for years"
"The two ponds at Riverbend...help make Charlotte an epicenter of ash"
"advised people not to consume fish from the Dan River"
"reduced life expectancy…respiratory...heart failure…bronchitis, asthma…loss of IQ"
"protesting...high cut-off penalties and fees to pay in person"
"a group made up exclusively of DENR staff with no outside experts
"Number of tubes…that show signs of significant wear: more than 3,700"
"the first deep underground nuclear waste storage site in the United States"
"there is no more Duke Energy retirement"
"the other worker suffered severe but non-life-threatening injuries"
"Leaks have been recorded at Riverbend’s ash ponds"
"Allan Freyer...urging Congress to close corporate tax loopholes"
"Americans are standing up to the coal industry in the face of its continuous pollution"
"McCrory is joining a chorus of voices from protestors"
"Duke has 32 of these ponds"
"state’s lack of enforcement...slap-on-the-wrist settlements and modest fines"
"The dump's systems 'are in the guinea pig stage' "
"great scrutiny of the relationship between DENR and the nation’s largest utility"
"Security guards initially blocked entrances to the building"
"A federal criminal probe has been expanded"
"State officials must bring any records they have of gifts from Duke Energy"
"state regulators were playing catch-up"
"His tough words help distance the governor from his former employer"
"Bank of America has paid more than $50 billion in litigation costs since the financial crisis"
"One option the state will consider...stop all discharges from the plant"
"McCrory...help companies get speedy permits and resolve legal disputes with the state"
"The spill...could have been avoided by moving the ash years ago"
"suffered a 'severe shock' and was flown by helicopter"
"They’re essentially hazardous waste dumps"
"DENR has been trying to put in place a settlement that would protect Duke"
"an unlined waste pond can let toxins ooze into groundwater"
"They just push us to the side and do what they want do to do"
"corporations fail to live up to their tax responsibilities, they harm the communities"
"encourage Duke Energy...to provide UNC-system schools with 100 percent clean energy"
"Duke Energy’s hope to cut the rate it pays for electricity from rooftop solar"
"largest electric utility in the country, gets a fine of $99,111. That’ll teach ‘em"
"spike in the number...who disapprove of...Pat McCrory's job performance"
"deposits of up to $1,000 were tacked on to their monthly bills without explanation"
"admitted that workers...ignored alarms"
"knew...Duke Energy...polluting the Dan River...did nothing about it"
"in fact they were violating state and federal clean water laws"
"What bothers me is that we're just finding out about this now"
"Indirect contributions let donors circumvent laws limiting...money they can give"
"These advocates point to notions of fairness and admit to twinges of guilt"
"This is an extraordinary quagmire that DENR and Duke have created for themselves"
"That means harm to the natural world valued up to $700 million over the years"
"But the river remains contaminated with coal ash"
"not connected to an underground fire that broke out at the plant two weeks ago"
"The toxic water may have overflowed after a valve was left open by mistake"
"CEO Rex Tillerson's opposition to a project in his own neighborhood is interesting"
"Republicans...will have to explain to voters why they prefer tax loopholes for the rich"
"During McCrory's campaign...he singled out DENR as...unfriendly to business"
"If federal investigators...aren't already examining...Pat McCrory, they need to start"
"a uranium-related accident like this would take years to fix, if it could be fixed at all"
"may challenge the VW vote due to the 'unprecedented interference' of...lawmakers"
"if we grow this movement here, we can change the South"
"Duke Energy...said it received a second federal subpoena Wednesday"
"It has carried out this work with the financial backing of Duke"
"not willing to enforce the law vigorously against Duke Energy"
"Residents were critical of the regulators’ ability or interest in protecting the river"
"corporations...award bonuses...to executives if they take jobs within the government"
"Swope said McCrory began yelling at him"
"I'm glad the U.S. Attorney’s office is casting a wide net in this investigation"
"This accident should have never occurred"
"It ordered Duke to immediately stop releases from the pipe to the river"
"State regulators expressed concern the second pipe could fail"
"Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan quickly issued a statement, downplaying the risk"
"But the construction boom never happened"
"Strontium-90...has a half-life of around 29 years"
"One worker at the rig was not found and is presumed dead"
"I don't think ratepayers should pay for the costs of the cleanup"
"We know what needs to be done. Duke knows what needs to be done"
"Republicans have been softening the state’s regulatory approach to business"
"But this story also points back to failures by state leaders"
"advised people to avoid contact with the water and not eat the fish"
"state regulators say there’s still a danger for another spill"
"the plant is $3 billion over budget"
"At least 23 faults are known to exist beneath reactor buildings and other facilities"
"Federal prosecutors have...issued subpoenas for the records of Duke Energy"
"McCrory’s policies...businesses should be pretty much left to their own devices"
"Holleman said the DENR shielded Duke"
"contributions were made shortly after...groups threatened to sue Duke"
"The Dan is a drinking water source for several cities"
"The political force behind...tougher regulation of coal ash ponds is formidable"
"We still don’t have a replicable model"
"spent 30 years with Duke Energy Corp. before joining the governor’s staff last year"
"As federal prosecutors launch a criminal investigation into Duke Energy's...ash spill"
"The Dan River coal ash spill was an unwanted 'told-you-so' moment"
"water has high levels of arsenic and other heavy metals typical of coal ash"
"hearing from a multitude of residents...especially those unconvinced...water is safe"
"shot down Duke Energy’s request for a capacity charge"
"no exact reason for such a significant increase of...cesium...in the groundwater"
"McCrory is accused of working with Duke to quash those suits"
"The state has given Duke 10 days to come up with a plan to fix the leaks"
"AOL would reverse the change in its 401(k) policy"
"In three places the flow was under pressure, forming...'water jets' "
"Two politicians might be especially nervous. One is the current governor, Pat McCrory"
"McCrory ducked questions about his relationship with Duke"
"Subpoena looks for dirty deal in toxic spill"
"redefining the customer as...the industries seeking permits"
"state stated under oath in August that Duke was violating the Clean Water laws"
"Of the 5,000 public comments…number that supported DENR's plan: 1"
"governor's refusal…to extend Medicaid…cutting…unemployment benefits"
"Visibly irritated...McCrory shouted him down"
"Political corruption needs to be a part of the investigation"
"could expose its target...to fines...and potentially send somebody to prison"
"Mexican businessman funnelled more than $500,000 into U.S. political races"
"Our legislators are owned by Duke Energy"
"former Duke employee Pat McCrory has shielded the company from a series of potential lawsuits"
"They are the law enforcement agency, yet they work out a deal with the lawbreaker"
"more of a deterrent effect than putting people on a bus and sending them back to Mexico"
"tax breaks and corporate welfare structures turn the ultra-rich into lazy moochers"
"Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed"
"dissuaded from levying sanctions against companies like Duke since McCrory took office"
"Gov. Pat McCrory...worked for Duke Energy...continues to hold...stock in the company"
"It’s a promising sign that a settlement slanted so heavily toward Duke is on hold"
"Duke has a record of aggressively lobbying against Environmental Protection Agency rules"
"North Carolina government...is beholden to Duke Energy"
"The governor worked at Duke Energy for 28 years"
"The state agency has blocked the citizen lawsuits by intervening at the last minute"
"They are scrambling to figure out what to do without losing face"
"Nobody liked the settlement, except for DENR and Duke"
"to protest the policies pushed by Gov. Pat McCrory"
"watch out for Duke Energy officials who may try to downplay the disaster"
"Rev. William Barber II made the promise before a crowd of between 80 and 100,000"
"company could be forced to close nuclear units that are not profitable"
"rule No. 1...Don’t give lessons with live explosives"
"Yes, we knew Christie was a bully"
"This morning they folded, and they're now they're calling Christie a liar"
"CEO Lynn Good phoned Danville Mayor Sherman Saunders...to apologize"
"regulators may not be satisfied with the way Duke’s merger with Progress has played out"
"company plans to change the way ash is stored at its retired plants"
"I think it would be Exhibit One and the chief witness for the prosecution"
"real goal has been to shield the governor's former employer"
"efforts to shore up public confidence after the spill may have taken a hit"
"This spill illustrates why no coal ash ponds should be allowed to remain unlined"
"Duke's executives...are generous political donors (and Gov. Pat McCrory's former employer)"
"Duke has too much political influence over the same people tasked with regulating"
"DENR put together a quick sweetheart settlement with Duke"
"stormwater pipe goes under one part of the...plant’s ash storage area"
"one often gets the sense that contempt for the unemployed comes first"
"The wire fraud charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison"
"it appear the state wanted the report to be overlooked"
"could take years before the full impacts...work their way through...ecosystem"
"keep poor and working families in desperate situations"
"These sailors were in radioactive plumes for more than five hours"
"previous radioactivity levels had been wrong"
"he used the example of two 'distressed babies' of employees"
"result of organizational and process weaknesses, not individual behavior"
"Storms' decision to take a job at Duke touched off a cascading ethics scandal"
"Our democracy is under siege by big money campaign donors"
"injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"
"coal industry...will cut corners, and they will get away with it"
"Not a word of this claim was true"
"corporate giveaways far outweigh the current costs of providing pensions"
"Cohen built fire walls between him and the illegal action that so far have protected him"
"Before the spill, Duke...insisted that its coal-ash dump sites posed no...threats"
"protesting Duke Energy's leaking ash pond in Eden, N.C."
"Duke has done nothing to contain the spill"
"criticized Duke for not publicly reporting the spill until a day after it was discovered"
"You can't clean this up. It's going to go up the food chain"
"largest electricity provider and an environmental group are reporting conflicting data"
"preliminary estimate...would be the third-largest coal ash spill in US history"
"The legislature is more interested in easing regulatory burdens on businesses"
"did not know why ash ponds were constructed on top of stormwater pipes"
"old, unsafe, insufficient method of storage leaves it prone to...catastrophic failure"
"has leaked contaminants into the Dan River for five days"
"very professional, very well organized, well thought out and well-executed"
"found deceased on the refueling floor of the reactor building"
"There were hidden costs that were part of the process that never came to light"
"He said he was going public...out of concern that national security is at risk"
"The new law will free people...to pursue careers or retirement"
"runoff from the Japanese plant will mingle with radiation released by other...stations"
"groundwater contamination was identified at several nuclear power plants"
"Engineers don’t know why the pipe broke or, at the moment, how to fix it"
"Duke should not be storing coal ash in antiquated pits near our state’s waterways"
"I'm on the governor's security detail"
"They are not the first band to express such objections"
"I just saw my opportunity to get my word out there and I took it"
"an unknown amount of coal ash and water was released from a pond"
"ratepayers picking up the bill for billions of dollars...even when a plant is canceled"
"executives…never paid in excess of 20-to-1…compared with their lowest-paid workers"
"Some of those who are lobbying...for corporate clients are actually former lawmakers"
"I have learned never to trust a 401(k)"
"Is it any wonder that the public holds such a low esteem for Congress?"
"Water is being constantly pumped into the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 reactors"
"But the plan...looks inferior in most respects to the existing law"
"it’s all about 401(k)’s and the disappearance of pensions"
"an attempt to suppress, censor, or remove information brings more attention to it"
"The Legislature has sent subpoenas to Mr. Wildstein and 17 other people"
"Do you think Chris Christie will be able to enjoy the Super Bowl?"
"Six of the 10 states with the highest number of estimated deaths are in the South"
"perpetuating a global race to the bottom for all workers"
"one of the cafeteria workers cried at the sight"
"The audit will go back to Jan. 1, 2011"
"the power was turned off Monday"
"He then returned and threatened to toss Mr. Scotto over the balcony"
"when pay setters set their own pay, there’s no limit"
"It is not known how much...spilled...and shut down the drinking water supply"
"Mr. Seeger’s career carried him from singing at labor rallies to the Top 10"
"Steve Jobs sealed a secret and illegal pact with Google's Eric Schmidt"
"Duke Energy employee who was turning off the power...for non-payment"
"Duke should join its customers and the 20th century and stop blocking the sun"
"Solar…is substantially cleaner and safer than traditional coal, gas and nuclear power"
"Last year, Duke canceled the contract for its planned Levy County nuclear plant
"20 times more capable of increasing cancer rates than acute exposure"
"That causes slippage, and that causes the earthquakes"
"The government contends that GE Hitachi concealed known flaws"
"lieutenant governor linked Sandy funding to backing of the development project"
"threatened to choke off Hurricane Sandy relief if she failed to support...project"
"The bottom half of the world’s population owns the same as the richest 85 people"
"CWIP program is a tax, where government power is used to extract money from citizens"
"The rest of the country is now following North Carolina’s lead"
"I believe Blair is responsible for the mass murder of Iraqi civilians"
"Being paid a salary does NOT automatically also make you exempt"
"questions as to whether the main steam isolation valve...may have failed"
"A federal investigation hung over the final months in office"
"I've made a career of body counts of dead fish and wildlife made that way from coal"
"There is no one here who can tell you there is enough money"
"Everybody is embarrassed about it...Although not so embarrassed that they don’t do it"
"People are concerned considering how many incidents have happened"
"I demanded $8 million instead of $3.6 million"
"President Chris Christie, Day 100"
"MCHM is used to process coal"
"There's going to be a decrease in the birth rate and an increase in the death rate"
"a remarkable marginalization of the Republican far right"
"no one more perfectly exemplifies the values celebrated by the BusinessWoman of the Year"
"We’ve had longstanding concerns about groundwater contamination"
"companies won the right to keep secret the chemical cocktails they pump"
"She might as well have just used the word liar"
"Christie waved off any suggestion that he had meted out retribution"
"mayor...who endorsed Mr. Christie, got $250 million in Port Authority money"
"The commercials were paid for with money from a federal disaster relief package"
"consumers who will pay more than $3 billion for Duke's mistakes"
"it’s O.K...for politicians with national ambitions to talk about helping the poor"
"Capuchin monkeys reject unequal pay"
"Strontium-90 is a radioactive isotope...with a half-life of 28.8 years"
"1,300...will likely die in South Carolina...if the state continues to refuse Medicaid"
"fraud at every level permeated the bubble in mortgage-backed securities"
"Lives were wasted, and now everyone back home sees that"
"We have an open wallet...and it continues to be filched by Duke Energy"
"Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee"
"The Charlotte-based utility said the terms of the settlement are confidential"
"He also touted…the refusal to expand Medicaid coverage"
"hid results of tests that showed that the quality of fuel in backup tanks"
"they don’t really care about people falling from the middle to the bottom"
"The deadline for submitting comments on the report is March 5, 2014"
"We’ve had populations go locally extinct overnight. Literally"
"I couldn’t believe that such slipshod work was being done"
"A Texas spreadsheet contains more than 2,000 complaints"
"Ms. Good is operating in a state of grace, floating above the fray"
"unprecedented spending by...Art Pope...budget director under Gov. Pat McCrory"
"Delivery is required on or before February 1, 2014"
"utilities have not adequately revised their estimations of potential earthquake activities"
"it amounts to about $20 million for Duke Energy"
"fuel storage pond still houses an estimated 89 tons of the plutonium-based MOX"
"My personal view is that this was a dress rehearsal"
"Stephen Hemsley of UnitedHealth...made nearly $102 million in 2009"
"companies can no longer deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions"
"If it was not significant, we would not have filed the complaint"
"In 2010, a containment berm ruptured...at the Sutton facility"
"a 55-year-old homeless man...paid the equivalent of $10 for a full month of work"
"Some point to radiation from Japan after the 2011 meltdown"
"From our point of view, from the Charter point of view, it was illegal"
"strong enough to gently rock high-rise buildings"
"Duke learned too late, he said, of growing troubles with Progress’ nuclear fleet"
"“I feel like they are driving us off the grid"
"On February 11, 1937, the UAW and GM reached an agreement"
"an effective ban on forced arbitration"
"here she is arguing for expanding Social Security"
"Brittain was transferred to the Stateville Correctional Center"
"More than 100x cheaper in 35 years!"
"unlikely to raise money through bond markets due to poor credit and high risk"
"difficulty of finding enough places to temporarily store the tainted soil"
"2.6 tons of radioactive water is estimated to have leaked at 4 separate locations"
"highly radioactive liquid waste containing weapons-grade uranium"
"Two weeks after winning a key legal battle to stay open"
"The reason customers will pay more is that corporations are getting tax breaks"
"We are so close to losing our democracy to the mercenary class"
"USS Ronald Reagan sailed straight into a plume of radioactivity"
"They have bowed to public pressure that the plant be shut permanently"
"TEPCO is facing seemingly insurmountable liabilities"
"Woolsey’s attitude toward holding CIA officials accountable is a bit more generous"
"McCrory cited Medicaid's supposed brokenness to reject...expanding"
"Roses and Maxway are owned by Art Pope"
"It is not a matter of if but of when"
"Obama has a duty to ensure prompt public release of the documents"
"The report was praised by privacy advocates in Congress and civil-liberties groups"
"a secret program authorized by a secret court"
"Judge Richard Leon declared…'almost Orwellian' in its scope."
"The award is the latest of a number of recognitions received by Rogers"
"Glaxo paid a record $3 billion in fines"
"Let's just not let Duke Energy off the hook as the close runnerup"
"If...successfully injected...the melting...could have been slowed down"
"North Carolina at $2.6 billion"
"It also wants to penalize homeowners who install their own solar panels"
"Pope joined McCrory's cabinet in January"
"They said it would be only for two, three days"
"hundreds of additional operations likely took place at other VA facilities"
"discouraging too much focus on low wages or inherently unfulfilling work"
"North Carolina was the only state whose federal benefits were terminated"
"aimed at Art Pope, budget director for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory"
"Do you know who doesn’t like American health care? Americans don’t"
"We have gone from a war on poverty in this country to a war on the poor"
"Duke Energy shocked investors...by quickly firing Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson"
"Duke has supported ALEC's past events...$50,000 to sponsor a 2012 meeting"
"Duke is terrified of the prospect of rooftop solar energy"
"Of course we could lose, but we will achieve something anyway"
"new wave of popular fury after the police’s crackdown on a few hundred protesters"
"federal regulators are reviewing policies and procedures at...Crystal River"
"Crystal River...will be mothballed for 60 years"
"North Carolina is resisting the cleanup effort"
"coalition of lawmakers who believe the law is an unfair tax on consumers"
"Duke wants to cut the health and life insurance benefits of union retirees"
"Duke Energy’s toxic coal ash pollution has killed more than 900,000 fish"
"outsiders are trying to take control of the democratic process"
"online form to provide workers a new way to file retaliation complaints"
"The crippled reactors burnt through the concrete basement"
"The entire perimeter fence has been knocked down"
"after recommending that Mr. White be removed...was hired to take his place"
"strontium-90...detected at a level of 1.1 million becquerels"
"The quality of what we did was low, but what else would you expect?"
"raised concerns about the transporting of nuclear material"
"fatal...in the range of a few minutes to an hour"
"ALEC lost all 13 of its anti-clean energy legislative fights at the state level"
"specializes in making corporations' desires into law"
"Workers for companies owe their relative protection to big unions"
"There is a significant association between PCB levels and cognitive abilities"
"When the economy is down, companies are known to cut corners"
"disturbing mutations of the heads, mouths, spines, and tails"
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"attack the workers and attack the retirees"
"stolen container of radioactive material has been found empty"
"the problem facing engineers...is major rack distortion"
"allows utilities to charge customers for new nuclear plants that may never be built"
"More people trust small business to tell the truth when compared to big business"
"facing severe criticism for its failed management of contaminated water"
"Going About As Badly As You'd Expect"
"Thanksgiving at Wal-Mart, cops lay down the law and a girl or two"
"I will always do the right thing"
"Iran stands on several seismic fault lines"
"The delicate process of decommissioning the site is expected to take decades"
"tanks...have leaks and are buried in soil below the water table"
"The failure movement is active and very well funded"
"five to 10 years on two counts of manslaughter, to be served consecutively"
"the files refuted 'the three big lies' of the tobacco industry"
"most employees ultimately will not have retiree health-care benefits"
"your asset is you. It’s not who you work for"
"The case against Duke Energy...was the first prosecuted"
"The court still must rule on the exact value of Duke's assets"
"Duke Energy is beginning to waver on its long-held assertion"
"The only way to permanently address toxic coal ash waste is to stop burning coal"
"he will also appeal Duke Carolinas’ 4.5 percent rate increase granted this year"
"Employers took advantage of the switch to surreptitiously cut benefits"
"North Carolina coal ash pollution continues to dump arsenic, selenium, mercury"
"the utter stupidity of refusing to help their own people"
"alleged manipulation of the $5.3-trillion-a-day foreign exchange market"
"There is less risk to the public now from the Crystal River nuclear plant"
"strong public opposition nationwide to hosting long-term nuclear waste"
"Either you leave us to die in peace – or tell the world the truth"
"There is in fact no assurance that Yucca would turn out to be suitable"
"These people are going out in dark...stormy conditions working throughout the night"
"Protesters are upset about footing the bill for a nuclear plant that will never happen"
"It's a horrible way to collect money, to have a gun to your customers' heads"
"state accuses Duke of allowing coal ash ponds to leak contamination into groundwater"
"Protesters say water from the pond is leaking into nearby Mountain Island Lake"
"one of the most dangerous nuclear operations in human history"
"We are willing to force the employees to strike, in order to get what we want"
"United States spends far more...gets meager results"
"Over $3.7 billion in penalties have been paid in LIBOR settlements"
"I’ve been turned down from McDonald’s because I was told I was too articulate"
"it was mishandled during a transfer, and is bent out of shape"
"By a 2-1 margin...machinists...told Boeing to stuff it"
"gushing out into the basement of the reactor building"
"the public still cannot get a clear answer from either Duke or the government"
"I think the time for excuses is running out"
"employees...stop earning some or all the benefits"
"The growing wealth disparity between CEOs and workers"
"we don’t need to study it anymore...there’s groundwater contamination"
"The lawsuit alleges that fatigue from being overworked contributed to Jasper’s death"
"Comes on heels of Edwardsport ethics scandal"
"Source: NRC Event Notification"
"The magazine also named the late Bill Lee, a one-time Duke CEO, third on the list"
"The loss of talent from an aging workforce...is the industry’s biggest worry"
"people say they can’t trust statements that suddenly declare areas to be safe"
"Abe aims to reduce nuclear power as much as possible"
"That coal ash will continue to contaminate the groundwater"
"a federal jury found it liable for fraud over defective mortgages"
"In each case, and in others, his comments skewed the truth"
"government originally sued Duke in 2000 over modifications that began in the 1980"
"Duke Energy customers are upset they are paying for cancelled nuclear power plants"
"The industry got hit between the eyes by a number of things happening at once"
"preparing to extract the first of thousands of nuclear fuel rods"
"Boulder, Fort Collins and Lafayette approved antifracking initiatives by wide margins"
"forced to scuttle...$230,000 in bathroom remodeling following public outcry"
"they let it happen at a facility where a large amount of plutonium is handled"
"unexpectedly high levels of radioactive polonium-210"
"the latest twist in a multi-billion-dollar deal and the boardroom intrigue behind it"
"It is time to stop taking advantage of consumers in Duke service areas"
"Duke Energy...has not decided how to store used fuel at the shuttered Crystal River"
"Duke Energy's plan also calls for nine months of removing asbestos"
"Paul said he could not rule out more disclosures"
"blames...Tea Party for the recent series of political losses"
"it seems to have reduced the radiation levels inside by one-third"
"Submissions must reach us by NOON, Wednesday, Nov. 6"
"Groundwater has been contaminated around all 14 of Duke’s N.C. unlined ponds"
"Tepco is still expected to stump up to some ¥3 trillion"
"Geologists now believe one fault passes a scant 2.3 miles from the 1,170-megawatt plant"
"For most of us, the question is not whether we will experience poverty, but when"
"They came up with a scheme that any money-launderer would be proud of"
"When will Duke clean up the toxic coal ash that is polluting the water?"
"incorporation fees have accounted for as much as a quarter of Delaware’s...revenues"
"Mr. Watt was the first sitting member...denied confirmation since the Civil War."
"5,000 North Carolinians submitted comments – all but one opposing it"
"Once Buhrman began catching on to Morales’s betrayal, he began planning his murder"
"Edwardsport cost about $3.5 billion...about 75% more than the original estimate"
"I’m concerned about the fact there seems to be a war on the poor"
"senior reactor operator Michael J. Buhrman, planned to rob an armored car"
"the state has sued Duke Energy over leaks from its Belews Creek coal ash pond"
"was probably the worst plant in the country over that decade, and that’s not good"
"if they keep skimping on costs and manipulating information, they can never be trusted"
"cesium isotopes from Fukushima were found in tuna caught off California"
"Not surprisingly, private health insurers cheered on the Republicans"
"Republicans...want to convert Medicare into Obamacare"
"regulators...indicated it likely comes from waste leaking from a Duke Energy coal plant"
"a deal could be struck to slash Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid"
"testing showed the home’s private well has been contaminated"
"The state was once known for having some of the nation’s cheapest electric rates"
"McCrory…pushed…corporation chaired by the governor himself"
"The South has always had plenty of people who work against their own interests"
"The figure is 2.3 times higher than the previous record"
"Public comments may also be submitted online"
"Deloitte...did not like the 'second-guessing' shown by the regulators"
"ties to the billionaire conservative businessmen Charles and David Koch"
"worst-case scenario could play out in death to billions of people. A true apocalypse"
"city council voted UNANIMOUSLY to move the city from coal-fired electricity"
"concerns were mounting over the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant"
"Pat McCrory backed off from ordering a $230,000 remodel of upstairs bathrooms"
"The settlement is being derided as a horrible deal for customers. And it is"
"John A. Boehner appears to be a master of the tollbooth"
"could prove uncomfortable for some on Capitol Hill"
"Balbis embraced the public interest. The nerve of that guy"
"For sure, state legislators are hiding, eager to avoid their role in this boondoggle"
"In terms of being a watchdog for consumers, they have been absent"
"water with high levels of radioactive strontium overflowed containment"
"DENR is not following the law when it fails to set limits for heavy metals"
"the judges will be allowed to judge themselves outside of public view"
"Pat McCrory (R) got a failing F on his budget but a D- overall"
"North Carolina and Duke Energy have had a string of bad news recently"
"a correction to the narrow focus on its dues-paying members"
"radioactive substances like strontium have reached the groundwater"
"When people built nuclear power plants, they never thought of decommissioning"
"must sign a 'confidentiality' agreement not to share that information with the patient"
"Duke...is penny-pinching local residents and ratepayers"
"The shutdown sent Republican poll ratings plunging, cost the government billions"
"divide ourselves on something we were unified on, over a goal that wasn’t achievable"
"The Republican Party slunk away on Wednesday from its failed, ruinous strategy"
"We really did go too far. We screwed up"
"there also will be an increase the state sales tax utility customers owe"
"Catawba Nuclear Station in York County reported 98 lower-level violations"
"McGuire plant…Brunswick plant…Harris plant"
"Duke doesn’t plan to start cleaning it up for years"
"Only by the end of his sixth year did Bush finally conclude that Rumsfeld had to go"
"It is the strongest typhoon in 10 years"
"Duke Energy is poised to collect $3.2 billion from its customers for its mistakes"
"Japanese Diet...concluded Fukushima to be a man-made disaster"
"Customers were charged billions. No electricity was generated"
"70 percent of Japanese believe...nuclear power industry should be closed"
"Duke blames Progress for the whole debacle"
"It looks like the Public Service Commission is serving the utility companies"
"The pitchforks and torches are coming out"
"biggest redistribution of wealth from the middle class and the poor to the rich ever"
"decommissioning the plant’s ash basins will not guarantee safety"
"Pope, now state budget director under Republican Gov. Pat McCrory"
"the defeat-health-care-at-any-cost strategy may have backfired"
"to steady the ship after Duke's merger with Progress Energy, executive departures"
"McCrory has used the January audit to make a case for privatizing...Medicaid"
"McCrory might have a more difficult time justifying the Medicaid privatization"
"made strategic edits to the departmental response to State Auditor Beth Wood’s audit"
"McCrory has used its findings as justification for declining an expansion of...Medicaid"
"I'm missing why we should share the above costs with Duke"
"I can tell you it’s very bad for the future of America. I just can’t tell you why"
"would thrust...business lobby into warfare with the Tea Party"
"Duke is off-loading about half a million dollars of the cost onto the rate-payers"
"do not balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, the children, the sick"
"they want to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid"
"Contractors will have an additional year to complete a key analysis"
"The nation’s founders understood the threat of corruption in politics"
"charges included bid-rigging, money laundering and defrauding the U.S. government"
"Duke has acknowledged the migration of boron contamination"
"He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations"
"Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has suffered yet another leak"
"fear...was not that health reform would fail, but that it would succeed"
"contaminated water may well have flowed into the sea"
"430 litres...which contains highly radioactive doses of strontium"
"Currently, all of Japan’s 50 commercial reactors are offline"
"They are trying to punish people for buying less electricity...They are trying to kill solar"
"refugees...are losing confidence in the Japanese government's cleanup efforts"
"catastrophic mistake...to believe in Mr. Boehner’s willingness to be reasonable"
"estimated to be 4 tonnes and was absorbed into the ground"
"low labor costs that are 19 percent below the national average"
"It's robbery without a gun"
"Precision Surveillance...Bigge Crane...Siemens Power...Entergy Operations"
"This may be the way the world ends — not with a bang but with a temper tantrum"
"The republic's in trouble, we lie about everything"
"Mr. Benmosche declared that the retirement age should go up to 70 or even 80"
"a budget provision that protects genetically-modified seeds from litigation"
"The American people deserve better than dirty politics"
"similar campaigns have sprouted at more than 300 college campuses"
"The evidence just isn’t there to support a double-digit profit margin"
"changing corporate norms have allowed C.E.O. compensation over all to balloon"
"The UNC Sierra Student Coalition will present a list of the 'Filthy Fifteen' companies"
"strong opposition to Duke Energy’s relicensing agreement"
"North Carolina is the first state in the Southeast to turn down an EPA grant"
"Oconee’s 5-foot floodwall could be swamped by more than 16 feet of water"
"The violation and increased oversight is linked to an inspection finding"
"The breaker that fell on the worker weighed about half as much as a car"
"Coal is the highest emitting fossil fuel"
"cost of constructing the barrier would have had an impact on investor confidence"
"For McCrory, a Republican, approval fell to 36 percent from 46 percent"
"He (DeLay) was wrong on the law and wrong on the facts, but politics bailed him out"
"The agency will collect comments for 60 days and must vote on the proposal again"
"income channeled to corporate profits is higher than at any time since the 1920s"
"Boehner is playing the dangerous game of trying to placate the extremists for a few days"
"They gave us two months to sit here and worry about it"
"more of that trend of favoring shareholders at the expense of employees"
"total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year"
"He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations"
"power companies screwed up...legislators screwed up...ratepayers are footing the bill"
"people deserve and have the right to give their opinions on how we proceed"
"it could be the death knell for new coal plant construction"
"OSHA conducted its investigation under the whistleblower protection provisions"
"failed to do basic due diligence, signing off on the wellness plan"
"In response to public comments, state officials recommended changes"
"withdraw all our troops and let the rest of the world figure out what to do"
"elevated readings of tritium in groundwater"
"The rich have recovered, but the rest still struggle. This cannot long stand"
"a long-term commitment to organize the South"
"There is a...tradition in the South of active repression of workers organizing"
"recently held a 30-minute meeting in the freezer to punish staff"
"they were lied to about Iraq; they were lied to about Afghanistan"
"The key to preventing air pollution is to curb coal burning"
"95 percent of the gains from economic recovery...have gone to the famous 1 percent"
"A trio of environmental groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Duke Energy Progress"
"Mr. Putin has eclipsed Mr. Obama as the world leader"
"What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria"
"Public comments may be submitted several ways"
"America’s dirtiest power plants are the elephant in the room"
"Duke Energy operates some of the 'dirtiest' coal-fired power plants in the country"
"The top 10 percent of earners took more than half of the country’s total income in 2012"
"In the past, Google has been able to buy its way out of privacy violations"
"raises the possibility that leaked toxic water has reached groundwater"
"accused of failing to disclose secret meetings with Duke Energy executives"
"Duke charges him a $12 service fee to use his phone to pay an $11 bill"
"We need money between rate cases, and we’ll tell you later what it’s for"
"So this will be another Iraq"
"The N.C. Supreme Court reversed the rate case in January"
"ratepayers should not have to foot the bill for...'project mismanagement' "
"Record return of Arctic ice cap as it grows by 60% in a year"
"Moscow has been the most powerful ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad"
"Will we help Syria? We will"
"The Navy in recent days has moved the aircraft carrier Nimitz into the Red Sea"
"lowest wages, the fewest worker protections, and the least union representation"
"right now, there’s no good way for this war to end"
"He’s having trouble keeping his popularity up...And this is his way of getting back up"
"crack down on cross-border companies that use tax havens"
"Syrian officers were surprised by the alleged chemical weapon attack"
"cited President George W. Bush’s pre-emptive war in Iraq and the 'Bush Doctrine' "
"And he needs to be more careful with his facts"
"Who asked Mr. Obama to be the bully of the world?"
"The rising radiation levels and leaks at the plant have prompted international alarm"
"Yang has decided to share about $3.25 million of last year's annual bonus"
"worst of all I lost!"
"Every three days, there seems to be a new problem up there"
"Of course, Gov. McCrory wasn’t telling the truth"
"committee is in charge of the business and policy affairs of the nuclear trade association"
"To be fair, Duke Energy...inherited Progress' legacy of low marks"
"frustration among NRC engineers nearly since the birth of the three reactors 40 years ago"
"The group alleges that the NRC refused to release some records"
"companies have been telling the public for years that frack fluid is mostly water"
"Improvisation has caused some patients to wake up during operations — or not at all"
"Grover Cleveland deployed 12,000 soldiers to break the union"
"Rarely...has an has an environmental issue in North Carolina attracted more comments"
"The Edwardsport coal gasification plant has been mired by scandals"
"highly radioactive water dripping from a pipe...had been patched up using tape"
"Bombs are not a humanitarian device"
"the fake owl was attacked by a hawk which in turn caused a substation outage"
"The place is not able to defend from a terrorist attack"
"plume of radioactive cesium-137"
"Leave it to us, we can handle it, the American people have to trust us"
"Miranda was held and questioned for nine hours"
"shareholders include Jacob Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch"
"alleges pollution of the Catawba River and drinking water reservoirs by Duke"
"March 2013 marked the Department of Labor's first 100 years of service"
"McKillip received a nearly 35 percent raise after only three months on the job"
"But the verdict is already in from the court of public opinion: No deal"
"the state says the utility giant illegally contaminated groundwater"
"So far this year, owners have announced the retirements of five reactors"
"U.S. nuclear industry is in the midst of a 'rapid-fire downsizing' "
"It’s not the only mortgage-related case Bank of America is fighting"
"reached a $160 million settlement"
"From now on, the government will move to the forefront"
"U.S. utilities are still mostly in the denial stage"
"it’s about time people started demanding long term thinking"
"Harter got more agitated and began saying he was going to 'kill everybody.' "
"Two men from the tree crew were hit"
"Natural gas is already wiping out coal, and it’s going to wipe out most nuclear"
"But it will never be used as a permanent nuclear waste storage facility"
"predecessor companies may have been undervaluing its property for years"
"NC WARN...contends its should have been allowed to participate in the hearing"
"It’s not as glamorous to be a U.S. citizen anymore"
"I’ve been focused primarily on employees and stakeholders here in the Carolinas"
"The state also gave the public 30 days to comment on the proposed consent order"
"149 coal-powered plants had closed since 2010 thanks to grassroots movements"
"Coal and nuclear power are both doomed"
"It is leaking out from the basements, it is leaking out from the cracks all over the place"
"long hours in a competitive environment...may have played a role"
"Cooper...won his appeal of Duke Carolinas’ 2011 rate case"
"the man was irate at the tree trimmers and wounded three people"
"They were trimming trees around power lines under a contract for Duke Energy"
"Duke Energy, Coal Ash Is Poisoning Our Water"
"it's like a haunted house...mishaps keep happening one after the other"
"The problem with a fuel pool criticality is that you can't stop it"
"The water inside the tanks contains cesium, strontium, tritium and other...materials"
"The district manager told me that the air was my problem"
"It is not clear when Duke Progress will seek the next rate hike"
"Holleman says it’s significant that the lawsuit was filed under oath"
"first discovered in the mid-1980s"
"Vasilinda filed HB 4001 in response to what she called a 'growing public outcry' "
"Duke owed $36 million in property taxes. But the company paid just $19 million"
"Utilities largely have backed off any rush...in constructing...expensive, new nuclear"
"experts fears the $15 billion allocated to the scheme so far will be largely squandered"
"And our commitment is to keep our rates as low as we possibly can"
"the report spotlighted 11 that were most at risk...Brunswick in North Carolina"
"Mathematically, it is almost impossible to quantify in terms of resulting contamination"
"suspended the operations...rather than violate the Constitutional rights of their...users"
"Duke will retire seven of the 14 coal plants by the end of the year"
"N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources filed the two complaints"
"The EPA also found arsenic in groundwater near fracking sites"
"The banks’ 25 percent hit is nothing compared with the 90 percent cut to pensions"
"I’m not much into North Carolina...I don’t think they’re doing much of anything right"
"Duke executive, Jim Turner...resigned late in 2010 in connection with the scandal"
"met privately several times with Duke Energy executives"
"Catawba Riverkeeper...Sierra Club...Western N.C. Alliance...Waterkeeper Alliance"
" 'the cash committee'...big incentives for freshmen to do special favors for the industry"
"The United States was dead wrong, but no one can admit it"
"S.E.C. is seeking to extract an admission of wrongdoing from the nation’s biggest bank"
"A Mexican federal judge freed the drug lord, Rafael Caro Quintero"
"forcing energy consumers to subsidize this astronomically expensive boondoogle"
"Right now, we have an emergency"
"300 tons of tainted water is flowing to the Pacific daily from the stricken plant"
"nearly 24 tons of cocaine were loaded onto a United States Air Force...aircraft"
"Legislature is more concerned with pleasing its corporate masters than the people"
"What we are seeing today is...the rapid-fire downsizing of nuclear power"
"FPL consumers don’t want to suffer the same fate as Duke Energy customers"
"The Charlotte-based bank ignored its own underwriting standards"
"TEPCO has been struggling to deal with the enormous amounts of water"
"There are no protections in place for ratepayers from a white elephant"
"Companies like Duke come across as the worst kind of corporate bullies"
"cost of permitting and building new nuclear reactors has become prohibitively high"
"I feel like the consumer has been taken advantage of"
"Nuclear reactors are simply not competitive"
"Customers...have to pay up to $1.5 billion...shareholders get to keep $150 million"
"For Duke, the agreement cleans up the nuclear mess it inherited"
"only monopolies...can get away with such self-serving shams"
" 'Goldman Sachs land of make-believe' where deceiving investors is not fraudulent"
"At least three dozen lawsuits have been filed by private businesses"
"in 1999...Duke Energy pledged $800 million for asbestos claims
"the fleecing associated with this nuclear project will end"
"He was the one that didn’t get away"
"Richard S. Lee’s first day of running a trading desk was his last"
"Duke Energy has been polluting Mountain Island Lake illegally for years"
"planned to engage in sniper attacks against protesters in Houston"
"Wall Street and others have been better served by the president"
"I’m ashamed of what our state has done attacking women, students and voters"
"Will take women's health over cookies!"
"All but one person...voiced opposition and concerns about the draft permit"
"might have given Duke Energy a break on cleanup of coal ash contamination"
"blaming the company's advertising losses on Limbaugh's controversial remarks"
"We will make sure women know Gov. McCrory can’t be trusted"
"Several enforcement actions have been filed against Duke Energy Progress"
"Burdette says neighboring properties will no longer be protected"
"The NRC cited Duke’s poor performance in meeting project deadlines"
"Critics called it a roundabout way of lifting the state’s fracking moratorium
"This state is one of the poorest in the country"
"We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing"
"Halliburton's guilty plea is the third by a company over the spill"
"Levels Recorded Haven't Been Seen Since Soon After 2011 Disaster"
"I have no problem with making them public"
"Among the utilities singled out in the report is North Carolina-based Duke Energy"
"Progressive North Carolinians didn’t take it lying down"
"Obama’s signature policy achievement, is probably going to work"
"continuing by the minute causing great concern not only for Japan, but for all nations"
"could cost five times more than estimated"
"allegedly fabricated fuel tests to prevent the facility from being shuttered"
"I would not allow them to pass those costs on to the public"
"Environmental crime is a real crime"
"Listen, I didn't mean to become the Queen of Coal Ash"
"TEPCO had persistently denied contaminated water reached the sea"
"McCrory acknowledged that he’s been criticized by...Democrats and Republicans"
"more than a handful of plants are vulnerable to early closure"
"It’s basically a way to drag this out as long as possible"
"North Carolina must generate electricity from sources classified as renewable"
"I kept my promises. They’re not going to keep theirs"
"Climbing the income ladder occurs less often in the Southeast"
"Snowden is acting on...more important considerations than his own safety"
"workers have surpassed the 100-millisievert threshold of radiation exposure"
"out of nowhere, a $3.5 billion hole appeared in Detroit's pension system"
"allow some multinational corporations to pay only a pittance in income taxes"
"Only 37 percent of North Carolinians support fracking"
"Gaston County deserves better than to be Duke Energy's waste dumping bin"
"That doesn't mean that McCrory's no longer the...weasel we've all known"
"I think it's the political culture of McCrory that is so clearly aligned with Duke Energy"
"accused of failing to disclose several secret meetings with Duke Energy executives"
"Duke receives amnesty for its previous pollution"
"It fines Duke 99,000 and allows penalties of up to 5,000 a day"
"document they said showed that Edison knew the steam generators were flawed"
"cesium 137 released...into a lake that provides 68 percent of the drinking water
"allowed power companies to charge you $2 billion with virtually nothing to show for it"
"Tar Heel State power bills take the eighth-largest bite out of the disposable income"
"One of analysts had worked 24 days without a day off"
"U.S. government should be on its knees...begging that nothing happen to Snowden"
"466 million won ($A454,445) from Dow Chemical and Monsanto"
"Corporations could sue governments over laws not to their liking"
"EPA is also taking written comments on the proposed rule"
"The permit is basically a way to legally pollute"
"hundreds of thousands of homeowners were wrongfully denied a modification"
"Republicans have begun to dismantle a reputation that took years to build"
"fine particles released when coal is burned can have adverse health effects"
"EPA is taking public comments on new Coal Plant Water Pollution Standards"
"We still don't know why the level of radiation surged"
"He was such a born leader that his subordinates were ready to die alongside him"
"The ROE you recommended...turned out to be higher than what Duke actually needed"
"Republican Governor's Association...N. C. Republican Party...S.C. Republican Party"
"The 2013 Employee Survey was not open to everyone"
"I kind of was hoping that issue had sort of died on the vine"
"contaminated groundwater from the plant...may be seeping into the ocean"
"Bush...being given an award for 'improving the human condition' is a sick, cruel joke"
"Duke acknowledged some accounting errors"
"Southern states are among those with the weakest disclosure laws"
"Protect us from the rapacious greed of Duke Energy"
"These settlements are an important victory for democracy"
"Duke and Greenpeace are currently at legal odds with each other"
"gave Duke Energy's new CEO $100 in pennies"
"In a separate case...Cooper successfully appealed a 7.2 percent rate increase"
"It's quite a spectacle, but North Carolina isn't alone"
"Just about everything is going wrong"
"EVEN those forced out of the corner office can receive giant payouts"
"there was inadequate direction and control by the agency managers"
"The South leads the nation in carbon dioxide emissions from power plants"
"When is enough enough?"
"customers should not have to pay any of the costs for building...Cliffside"
"ALEC's attempt to squash clean energy standards in the states has failed"
"Being exempt allows employers to ignore pesky things like overtime"
"We say nobody is above the law, but apparently illegal immigrants are"
"Allegations of improper contact...led to the resignation in 2010 of...Jim Turner"
"They include...$2,715 for country club dues for a former Duke Energy Carolinas CEO"
"This week, the Supreme Court continued its aggressive effort to favor corporations"
"tests showed the highly toxic strontium-90"
"coming on the heels of the lack of prosecutions arising out of the financial crisis"
"The copper thefts took place over years"
"The law center has filed similar notices over ash at two other Duke Energy plants"
"Duke has made the best possible decision"
"only 20 percent of people approve of the job the legislature is doing"
"things seemed to go better before Progress merged with Duke last year"
"What employers describe as talent shortages are often failures to agree on salary"
"some elected officials have responded to the protests in less-than-respectful ways"
"Pope's groups...spent $530,000 on McCrory's behalf"
"workers falsified records and were told to delay U.S. loan-assistance applications"
"cost overruns and delays, as well as legal challenges and an ethical scandal"
"Duke Energy took over the Harris plant after it acquired...Progress Energy"
"top...polluters are American Electric Power, Duke Energy and Southern Company"
"The latest request would equal a $214 per year increase"
"Do we just leave this here, leaking indefinitely into the lake?"
"After years of ethics controversies and cost overruns"
"How many properties can you buy that are guaranteed to make money?"
"Duke does not have to refund the money if it scraps the project"
"I have no intention of hiding who I am"
"It's stupidity. It's worse than stupidity"
"Groundwater near the Riverbend ash basins has also been contaminated"
"those contaminants can leach into groundwater and drinking water sources"
"executives were not forthright in how they characterized replacement steam generators"
"but when it comes to their own privacy Google executives jealously guard it"
"Gov. Pat McCrory 'one of the most wicked people I’ve ever met' "
"a rebuke to the state Senate’s aggressive push to fast-track shale gas exploration"
"earlier this week it had detected radioactive cesium in groundwater"
"Retaliate against whistleblowers at your peril"
"people are beginning to read and see that this present administration is toxic"
"He told reporters he has no desire to meet with the protesters"
"[Duke Energy] is putting a carcinogen, arsenic, into the drinking water reservoir"
"Companies providing services to nuclear power plants are subject to the ERA"
"it may be the last coal plant built in the Carolinas"
"There were a lot of unreported and underreported items that we found"
"The loophole would free Duke of any cleanup responsibility"
"Duke Energy...calling off two of the six reactors it had planned"
"We're working to help empower folks"
"The rate increase will cost consumers an extra $326 million"
"This order puts utility profits ahead of people"
"Duke Energy...has about $2 billion in foreign profits that remain overseas"
"They say it's safe, but they had always told us that the nuclear power is safe too"
"Every day another 400 tonnes of groundwater forces its way into the plant"
"73 percent of respondents favor promoting renewable energy...14 percent...opposed"
"corporate...tax burden has declined as the labor force’s share has increased"
"this will be brought in the community of people who drink the water"
"The state is certainly selling out the people of North Carolina in favor of Duke Energy"
"consumers would laugh at the notion that they're better served by the existing system"
"In addition, there were concerns that more compensation money will be needed"
"chemicals are seeping out of the lagoons and into Mountain Island Lake"
"requested that Mr. Morea accept appointment to the vacancy created by his resignation"
"Duke University study that shows periodic spikes in arsenic in the reservoir"
"appalling...disgusting...wasteful...possibility of conflicts of interest and corruption"
"continue to generate controversy for Pope and the McCrory administration"
"improperly classified as exempt from overtime requirements"
"twice was awarded judgments of $500,000"
"used his vast fortune to promote...need to cut Social Security and Medicare"
"The state has been aware of the leaks as well as the groundwater pollution for years"
"Duke Energy has begun the repair process"
"The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission wants Duke Energy to explain"
"The decommissioning, if it ever starts, will take decades"
"ALEC is a 98-percent corporate-funded bill mill and 'dating service' "
"Hundreds more supporters remained outside the General Assembly"
"it had the potential for uncontrolled radiation release"
"The gate wouldn't budge. Duke Energy couldn't open it anymore"
"Duke Energy took over the plant after its merger with Raleigh-based Progress Energy"
"Duke Energy said it would evaluate why the problem was missed last year"
"in 2001...mobile calls were not possible above 10,000 feet"
"No information has been released on potential injuries"
"the immigrant advantage wears off with the adoption of American behaviors"
"All of Japan's 50 surviving commercial reactors, except for two...are currently offline"
"claims they manipulated cost for more than a decade"
"being investigated for forcing at least one subordinate soldier into prostitution"
"accusations of improper political activity for criticizing the Bush administration"
"airborne levels of nickel, mercury, lead, chromium, cadmium, beryllium and arsenic"
"U.S. nuclear-power output will have reached a peak a few years ago"
"The leak, however, has the potential to reach groundwater"
"Worker's rights are union rights"
"prevent...collecting union dues from workers"
"Duke Energy would pocket $4 billion...For a natural gas plant: $369 million"
"the only real winner from building nuclear instead of natural gas? Duke Energy"
"federal government...state...declaring an end to South Carolina’s persistent drought"
"creating a workplace that discouraged employees...from raising quality concerns"
"We are with you...We will not move out from this place without rescuing you"
"Jurors Friday awarded $3 million each to the families of the two children"
"That means the measure got 17 votes at most. It needed 18 to pass"
"Social Security has not contributed a dime to the deficit"
"informs employees of their right to join or form a union"
"not including $7 million in stock awards"
"Victims will be allowed to comment on the proposed agreement"
"the woman fended off Krusinski"
"you don’t have a legitimate complaint then, you still have electricity in your home"
"it will take 60 years and hundreds of millions of dollars to decontaminate them"
"officer in charge of sexual assault prevention...arrested and charged with sexual battery"
"Such costs have been highly controversial, touching off...legislative and legal battles"
"The longer it lays out there, the worse it’s going to smell. The tide is going to turn"
"Just don't stand in its way unless you want to be run over"
"pocketing $150 million in profit while consumers have nothing to show for it"
"The U.S. government essentially invented the nuclear industry"
"People are going to be mad that they threw away $70 million on that plant"
"Jim Rogers closed the meeting before everyone had a chance to speak"
"Clean energy opponents turned to dirty tactics this week"
"would fully repeal North Carolina’s renewable portfolio standard"
"What goes on behind closed doors?"
"This is the final shareholders meeting for Duke CEO Jim Rogers"
"Protests...are expected at Thursday’s meeting"
"I go back to the days when Bill Lee ran this company"
"I think those leadership transitions do impact employees. They create questions"
"there is concern that we cannot prevent another accident"
"without a proper order...the rate increase should be suspended"
"Wall Street won't finance the plants"
"the effective interest rates ranged from 27 percent to 106 percent"
"monkeyed with Libor submissions in exchange for a bottle of Bollinger champagne"
"fusion reactors do not produce high-level radioactive waste"
"(EPA) has…authority…to revoke a permit for a mountaintop removal mining"
"North Carolina...slash weekly benefits to the unemployed from $535 to $350"
"it occurred in the Committee chaired by the bill’s own sponsor, Chairman Mike Hager"
"policy of the 1 percent, by the 1 percent, for the 1 percent"
"When the cars work with the grid, they earn about $5 a day"
"wet handling of coal ash was the cheapest easiest option around"
"resigned his position...following allegations of corruption within the department"
"will typically harm seniors more than the rest of the population"
"I'm prepared to cut your benefits"
"shot at the officer and struck the officer's vehicle"
"Duke has redacted large parts of the reports relating to the safety of the coal ash ponds"
"Riverbend’s coal pollution has contaminated the air we breathe and the water we drink"
"companies now free to hide donations through trade associations"
"continued cracking, crazing and spalling as well as increased efflorescence"
"A petition to the S.E.C....has already garnered close to half a million comments"
"North Carolina environmental regulators...took the unusual step of suing Duke Energy"
"Power producers must curb the tainted water they discharge into waterways"
"watering down opposition to a $2.6 billion coal-gasification plant"
"I am sure we will see great hand wringing from industry"
"It’s not a secret that the utilities have an incredible amount of influence up here"
"He says the toxins are coming from four coal ash ponds"
"I am the senator. You are the citizen. You need to be quiet"
"significant number of employee concerns reported to the NRC"
"terminated the Crystal River project, but has kept $150 million of the money in profits"
"the Catawba Riverkeeper filed a notice of intent to file a lawsuit against Duke Energy"
"workers were wrongfully terminated for filing a complaint against the employer"
"putting them on a bus and shipping them back to wherever they came from"
"charged with…slayings of the district attorney…his wife…and another prosecutor"
"Nationwide, 137 sites are contaminated with coal-ash chemicals"
"Injuries hidden to obtain over $2.5 million in safety bonuses"
"Duke instead got a $46 million rebate"
"Are we satisfied with being ranked 40th in the nation in energy efficiency?"
"it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture"
" 'amnesty' for immigrants who broke the law"
"American corporations are now sitting on $4.75 trillion in cash"
"Duke is seeking another 9.7 percent rate increase"
"This bill puts an end to nuclear power plants"
"People would be looking to punish them"
"we can’t sit by and let the board make a mockery of our...right to elect directors"
"Advances In Scientific Analysis Of Coal Ash Reveals Dramatically Increased Risks"
"Dozens of companies...including...Duke Energy"
"customer interests cannot be measured only indirectly or treated as mere afterthoughts"
"Pat McCrory appears to be on a privatization spree"
"Duke Energy has benefited from a law...that allows utilities to collect...in advance"
"In 1977 the NRC identified dam failure and flooding as a potential problem at Oconee"
"Social Security represents the best of America values"
"I believe cutting benefits is not the right answer"
"All 104 nuclear power reactors...have a safety problem that cannot be fixed"
"a history of concern dating back to the 40-year-old station’s early years"
"it would ensure that in the future, utilities can't earn profits on such failures"
"Duke stands to earn a $50 million...for the Crystal River plant"
"How lawmakers pay for the tax cuts still remains unclear"
"diplomatic records from the beginning of 1973 to the end of 1976"
"The current system…creates big profits for utilities and contributes to rising…costs"
"prone to heart disease, bone fractures, cancer, diabetes and obesity"
"They don’t get it...The games these people have played...is shameful to say the least"
"the latest in a series of troubles at the crippled facility"
"We were installing wire nets to keep the rats out"
"the 'original sin' of the Southern political class is cheap, powerless labor"
"pattern of political patronage"
"households mistakenly having their power cut off"
"NRC...concluded the risk of catastrophic dam failure was higher than Duke figured"
"the contract you agreed to waived your right to class action as well"
"The lake is a source of drinking water for the city of Charlotte"
"it took a sixth-grader’s school project to bring attention to elevated levels of arsenic"
"they’ll all be elected, even with a single yes vote (which may be their own)"
"his bills plummeted after installing the panels and a wood-fired stove"
"Consumers are realizing 'they don’t need the power industry at all' "
"The inevitable happened: employees began concealing accidents"
"Oscar Francisco Garcia-Fuentes is an illegal immigrant"
"McArthur’s compensation totaled just less than $9 million"
"Duke’s directors also got raises, from $150,000 a year in cash and stock to $200,000"
"This huge cost increase is more justification to pull the plug"
"With this stunning news, it appears that the MOX project is doomed to elimination"
"It took Tepco almost a day to restore cooling to the first of the affected pools"
"customers would be asked to pick up the slack for the industrial customers"
"merger between Progress Energy and Duke Energy came back to haunt Progress"
"would be better served if their power providers abandoned the plans"
"The company will pay more than $350,000 in back wages with interest"
"The commission has declined to dismiss the appeals"
"when it comes to Crystal River, Progress Energy Florida has done little right"
"closing a money-losing reactor and selling coal plants"
"Pat McCrory needs to be Governor for the People, not for Duke Energy"
"Pat McCrory made lifting the fracking moratorium a cornerstone of his campaign"
"You’re basically contaminating an aquifer forever"
"He said Duke officials sanctioned the thefts from day one"
"He was a fireman's fireman"
"there are signs of buyer's remorse"
"When you hit a tree, it's a little late to find out you have a hole in your airbag"
"Nuclear was the least popular energy source on the survey"
"Only 39 percent agreed that there is a high level of trust in the company"
"There is no justice in the American justice system, but you can sometimes find it in a jury"
"Duke’s financial support of Charlotte’s biggest event became a political football"
"If there's anything that's not broken in North Caroilna, it's our Utilities Commission"
"accused...McCrory of wanting to stack the utilities commission to help line his pockets"
"What is it going to take for you to act in the public interest?"
"I think it's a great investment for our community"
"a lot of the people, procedures and habits remain the same after the recent merger"
"Seldom, if ever, has an attempt to save $15 million cost so many, so much"
"RGA's donor list…Pike Electric, RAI Services/Reynolds Tobacco, Duke Energy"
"power companies too often control the Legislature with giant campaign checks"
"Byrne attacked his neighbour, Fr Thomas Smith, 81"
"North Carolina is already the least-unionized state in the nation"
"This is where ALEC makes things awkward for Duke Energy"
"These ideas were soundly rejected in the last election only a few months ago"
"guilty of assaulting a neighbor's children, now leads the Department of Public Safety"
"Reynolds' lead sponsorship of McCrory's event"
"Pat McCrory...named Pope as his budget director"
"McCrory tapped two other Duke...alumni on Thursday"
"being employed at Duke Energy for 28 years, you have an actual conflict of interest"
"AT&T, Duke Energy, Progress Energy, ElectriCities...and PSNC Energy"
"Boehner's White House F-bomb"
"They (Duke Energy) are so mean. I feel like I’m going to have a nervous breakdown"
"Duke had offered Storms an in-house counsel job—while he was still GC at the commission"
"The plan would raise the Medicare eligibly age to 67"
"Jim Turner, resigned after private email exchanges with Hardy were disclosed"
"With McCrory's election, the road to power was clear"
"Pope...used his fortune to dominate North Carolina politics"
"life as we know it in the Southeast would be at stake"
"Rep. Heath Shuler...is headed to Duke Energy"
"Dam failure with subsequent site inundation, all three Oconee units will go to core damage"
"would give America the potential to challenge the utility monopolies"
"a web of systematic crimes and human rights violations by the Bush-era CIA"
"What I saw at certain moments and in certain places...is very disturbing!"
"a handy link to the lingerie website for the faith-driven consumer to…test his or her faith"
"push for a debt deal that includes cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits"
"he’ll be working on Duke’s behalf to try to push the utility’s agenda through Congress"
"Williams would not provide Shuler’s salary"
"he won’t be able to directly lobby his former colleagues for a year"
"Shuler was not the best professional quarterback"
"McCrory didn't have to run negative ads...outside attack groups did it for him"
"The smiling, round Kibitan explains why radiation is dangerous"
"Rogers and his wife donated $6,000 to McCrory’s campaign for governor"
"McCrory has been a vocal proponent of fracking"
"Employees…retaliated against…may file a complaint with the secretary of labor"
"seeking the job with Duke while…overseeing Duke cases"
"felony charges surrounding his oversight of Duke Energy’s power plant"
"The utilities have owned the Public Service Commission for years"
"Oconee...operated by Duke Energy, would suffer almost certain core damage"
"Remember Jim Turner?"
"the first evidence that asbestos causes cancer emerged in the 1930s"
"Wall Street financiers of nuclear power plants won't touch such projects"
"Flashback: The US was fine with Iran building nuclear power plants"
"Shehan said the public didn’t get what it was promised"
"A large portion of...entitlement spending...ends up in the pockets of corporations"
"Manoochehr Nazar…allegedly ordered him to continue starting up the plant anyway"
"vulnerability at one plant in particular -- the three-reactor Oconee Nuclear Station"
"please consider this allegation to be public information"
"will not be eligible for health insurance coverage"
"more than 11 hours of work a day raised heart disease risks by 67 percent"
"The worker was fired the next day and subjected to verbal threats and legal action"
"Senator Chuck Schumer…'I'd urge [Duke] to leave ALEC ASAP... if not sooner!' "
"Duke Energy has had extremely close ties with ALEC"
"Laws that protect workers from abusive employers, unsafe conditions, and destitution"
"We tortured people unmercifully. We probably murdered dozens"
"he and another team member then shot him several more times in the chest"
"overwhelming proof that Rachel was deliberately murdered"
"familiarity has helped foster access at the upper reaches of government"
"Free speech isn’t a vague concept"
"this corporate coup is an end-run around the electorate"
"Federal law prohibits employers from knowingly hiring illegal workers"
"discussed a position with Duke while presiding over hearings concerning the utility"
"Duke Merger Testimony"
"this is not a decision that I either initiated or advocated"
"Released by sources like diesel trucks and power plants"
"whoever reveals the hideout of the old woman Hillary Clinton will be rewarded 10 chickens"
"Mr. President, why do you favor foreign workers over Americans?"
"McCrory has embraced a far-right conspiracy theory"
"the more a miner was exposed to diesel, the greater his cancer risk"
"Duke's payments to the companies totaled at least $22 million a year"
"the judge incorrectly ruled that federal courts had no jurisdiction"
"argues McCrory has been coy about his work at Duke Energy"
"North Carolina Chamber, Duke Energy...Manufacturers and Chemical Industry Council"
"Progress Energy, Duke Energy"
"there is a greater risk of groundwater contamination from oil and gas"
"According to the court, illegal immigrants can be prohibited from owning guns"
"Stop me if you've heard this one"
"They are charging people every month for nothing"
"a closed world of concealment, cronyism and corruption"
"They include Duke Energy and Progress Energy"
"shifting to 100 percent clean energy"
"plant owners had hidden their knowledge of the toxicity of asbestos"
"Hardy was fired by Gov. Mitch Daniels in October 2010, and Turner resigned"
"Duke admitted that much of the material was not confidential"
"the public now knows of a private club of cronyism between Duke and the IURC"
"Here are the major stories, in chronological order"
"key aspects of the Edwardsport project have been shrouded in secrecy"
"Duke Energy always rewards it creepy disgraced executives it seems"
"Without such criteria, claiming that any power plant is 'capture ready' is a scam"
"Democratic administration has, in turn, been very good to Duke Energy"
"spent more than $26 million lobbying the federal government...since 2007"
"Duke Energy got $230 million and they generated 196 jobs"
" 'Band-Aid fix' for the design that failed 'not once, not twice, but three times' "
"These plants are...McGuire 1 and 2"
"America's nuclear weapons budget is locked into a Cold War time machine"
"200 deaths, 300 heart attacks, and over 3,000 asthma attacks
"Stone-Webster guilty of racketeering and fraud...$4-billion judgement"
"if you are a power company, you are exempt from the racketeering laws"
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."