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Davidson Deac II

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In Topic: With 92% of Coal Ash Still Coating North Carolina River Bed, Duke Energy Decl...

Yesterday, 05:38 PM

So does anyone else purchase bottled water?

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You mean the water that some company gets from a tap and puts into a bottle and calls it bottled water so that people will pay a lot for something they can get much cheaper out of their own taps?  :) 

In Topic: With 92% of Coal Ash Still Coating North Carolina River Bed, Duke Energy Decl...

Yesterday, 01:40 PM

So far those of you who have more knowledge of this than I do (specifically thinking of Mav1234), what are the chances that the Feds are wrong to agree to allow Duke to stop the cleanup?


My own opinion is that a temporary stop could be the right call, if its followed with intense monitoring and a potential for resumption of the cleanup if conditions should warrant doing so.  

In Topic: With 92% of Coal Ash Still Coating North Carolina River Bed, Duke Energy Decl...

Yesterday, 01:37 PM

All the talk of Fukushima, and this just gets glossed over.


At least we don't need to wonder how the local government was bought and paid for.


Just wanted to point out that the federal government agreed to stop the cleanup, at least temporarily.  I realize most think that they are bought and paid for as well though.  :)

In Topic: With 92% of Coal Ash Still Coating North Carolina River Bed, Duke Energy Decl...

Yesterday, 01:21 PM

I am not sure it was Duke that called off the cleanup efforts.  It appears the government might have



Federal and state authorities reached a milestone recently in calling at least a temporary halt to coal ash removal efforts linked to this winter’s Dan River spill.

Officials suspended those efforts after removing about 3,000 tons of mixed ash and sediment from three, sandbar-like deposits along the river and from water treatment plants in two, downstream Virginia cities, Danville and South Boston.



The river has largely returned to normal from the spill, leaving only a few, obvious sites of potential problems that officials will continue monitoring for the next year or so,


I would say that a year is way to short a time to monitor and that it needs to be done for 5 or 10 years or longer. 



Its actually a rather complex situation and the cleanup is approaching the point of diminishing returns



Myles Bartos, one of two on-scene coordinators for the U.S. EPA agrees. Charlotte-based Duke (NYSE:DUK) has cleaned the large coal ash deposits found on the banks and in the river sediment according to guidelines the EPA approved after the spill, he says.

While a vast amount of ash remains in the river sediment, Bastos says there are no signs right now that it is lying anywhere in concentrations that are large enough to warrant attempting to remove it.

He says the remaining ash appears to have been spread in a thin layer along the 70 miles of the river from the site of the spill, Duke’s closed Dan River Steam Station in Eden, to the Kerr Lake Reservoir.

And Bartos notes the issue is not the volume of the ash itself, but the concentration of the toxic metals contained in the ash. Abnormally high toxic metal readings disappeared from the river water within a couple of weeks of the spill, and hundreds of water samples tested since then have shown no rise in those metal levels.



So the abnormal toxic readings have disappeared, and the ash is spread out over a thin layer of about 70 miles.  IMO, it would seem that if we start disturbing the area where the toxic sludge has settled, then it could at least in the short term, make things worse instead of better.



More importantly to me, why were the ponds put so close to the river in the first place, and when is Duke going to be done with moving them?   

In Topic: Hottest June ever

21 July 2014 - 09:10 PM

Can you cite your sources?  I didn't even know we were keeping track of world temperatures back then, I'd like to see that data.


George Washington's diary.


He said it was hot, damn hot.  :)



I seriously did read a biography of his life in which he said that the summer of (I think it was 1763) was the hottest he could ever remember.  And I was pointing out in a sarcastic way that that its really hard to say that a certain year is the hottest ever when at best, our recordings only go back a couple of centuries, and then the temps are only recorded in a few areas. 


I am not a global climate change denier but I don't think statements like "this is the hottest summer on record" really help the debate. 

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