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Duke protesters arrested at coal-fired plant

Posted by msrb on April 3, 2008

FOSSIL FOOLS DAY OF ACTION

charlotte.com
BRUCE HENDERSON  henderson@charlotteobserver.com
Posted on Wed, Apr. 02, 2008

Eight protesters were arrested Tuesday morning after critics of Duke Energy chained themselves to construction equipment at the Cliffside Steam Station.

Duke is adding an 800-megawatt boiler to the Rutherford County plant, which has drawn intense opposition from environmental advocates.

The protest was part of what the international Rising Tide network calls the “Fossil Fools Day of Action,” which blames coal-fired power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions for global warming. Original Report


Duke Energy Field Services near Palestine, Texas. Duke businesses include refineries and oil wells throughout the region. Photo Credit Nimur via Wikipedia (GNU License)

Duke Generating Facility

Nuclear

* Catawba Nuclear Station
* McGuire Nuclear Station
* Oconee Nuclear Station
* Cherokee Nuclear Power Plant – Abandoned
* William States Lee III Nuclear Generating Station – Future

Coal-Fired

* Allen Steam Station
* Belews Creek Steam Station
* Beckjord Power Station
* Buck Steam Station
* Cayuga Station
* Cliffside Steam Station
* Dan River Steam Station
* East Bend Station
* Edwardsport Station
* Gallagher Station
* Gibson Station
* Lee Steam Station
* Marshall Steam Station
* Miami Fort Power Station
* Riverbend Steam Station
* Wabash River Station
* William H. Zimmer Power Station

For a list of Duke’s other generating facilities including oil and gas-fired plants, see: Duke Energy

Environmental Record

In 1999 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) commenced an enforcement action against Duke Energy for failure to comply with the Clean Air Act. Duke asserted that EPA regulations under the law were arbitrarily changed over the course of 25 years.
Environmental groups assert that Duke is using loopholes in the law to increase emissions. Initially, Duke prevailed at the trial court level, but in 2006 the case was argued before the Supreme Court (Environmental Defense v. Duke Energy Corp. (05-848)). The Court unanimously ruled on April 2, 2007 against Duke Energy in favor of the environmental groups.

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have identified Duke Energy as the 46th-largest corporate producer of air pollution in the United States, with roughly 36 million pounds of toxic chemicals released annually into the air. Major pollutants indicated by the study include sulfuric and hydrochloric acid, chromium compounds, and hydrogen fluoride. Above Excerpts from Wikipedia.

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