Documents show Duke Energy’s board, execs knew of coal plant violations ‘for years,’
New documents have come to light from a shareholder lawsuit that suggest that Duke Energy executives knew for years about the coal ash problems, but did nothing to address them. This comes on the heels of the discovery that Gov. McCrory had dinner with Duke Executives at the mansion, in the middle of his administration's response.
Internal company documents show Duke Energy’s directors and executives “have known for years that Duke’s coal ash ponds were seeping toxic chemicals into (North Carolina’s) soil and rivers,” says a previously sealed excerpt from a shareholder lawsuit.
“In fact, the board (of directors) was specifically told no later than August 27, 2013, that all 14 of Duke Energy’s North Carolina ash ponds had groundwater quality violations,” the excerpt goes on to say. “The ... defendants also knew for years that at least six coal plants, including the Dan River Steam Station, were illegally operating without proper storm water permits.”
Despite this knowledge, the suit contends, the board and executives took no steps to correct the problems.