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Duke to begin dredging coal ash from the Dan River as NC scuttles settlement on waste dumps

RALEIGH, N.C. - Duke Energy said Tuesday it plans to begin dredging coal ash out of a North Carolina river as the state's environmental agency moved to scuttle a previously proposed settlement with the company over pollution leaking from waste dumps at its power plants.

Duke Energy apologizes for massive spill of toxic coal ash into NC river, pledges cleanup

RALEIGH, N.C. - A top executive at Duke Energy has apologized for the company's massive coal ash spill in North Carolina and pledged to clean up its toxic waste from the Dan River. Duke Energy president for North Carolina operations Paul Newton made the apology Friday as he visited with residents in the affected towns of Eden, N.C., and Danville, Va. The company says it is developing a long-term clean-up plan for the river. Duke says it is now diverting the flow of coal ash from reaching the Dan but cannot yet declare the spill fully contained.

Interior Department inspectors turn up problems with federal coal sales in Western states

BILLINGS, Mont. - Coal sales in Western states are getting more scrutiny from federal lawmakers amid new revelations Friday about officials accepting below-market bids for some coal sales and possibly illegally negotiating with companies over prices. A probe by the U.S. Department of Interior Inspector General found federal officials in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico accepted the below-market bids or sold coal without full appraisals.

Senator: Undervalued US coal sales might have cost taxpayers $200 million in lost revenue

BILLINGS, Mont. - Congressional investigators have found problems with federal coal sales that a leading lawmaker says might have cost taxpayers $200 million or more in lost revenue. U.S. Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts says his office determined public coal sales could have yielded the additional revenue and possibly much more. Markey says the sales should be suspended pending reforms. A sweeping examination of the Interior Department's coal-leasing program was released Tuesday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

N. Korea's coal exports to China up 15.1 pct in 2013

SEOU, Jan. 24 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's exports of anthracite coal to China grew 15.5 percent in 2013 from a year earlier, data showed Friday. North Korea shipped a total of US$1.37 billion worth of anthracite to China last year, compared with $1.19 billion sold to the neighbor a year earlier, according to the data from the Korea International Trade Association. North Korea exported only $162.6 million worth of the coal to China In 2007, but the figure has grown every year since then, according to the data.

Nova Scotia emission regulations may not meet federal limits, briefing notes say

HALIFAX - Air quality regulations for Nova Scotia's coal-fired power plants could fall short of targets to be set by Ottawa, warn briefing notes to the province's energy minister. "There is a risk that Nova Scotia's current air quality regulations for the electricity sector will not be able to meet future federal air pollutant requirements and/or meet the requirements for an equivalency agreement," they say.

Coal still biggest source of power in Germany

Fossil fuels remain the primary source of electricity in Germany, which has pledged to sharply increase generation from renewables over the coming decades, industry data showed on Tuesday. Coal -- both lignite and stone coal -- accounted for 45.5 percent of total electricity production of 629 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in Germany last year, up from 44 percent a year earlier, the BDEW industry federation said in its annual report. Natural gas accounted for 10.5 percent of all electricity generated in 2013, down from 12.1 percent in 2012.

Colombia bans coal loading over non-compliance with environmental rules

Bogota, Jan 9 (EFE).- Colombia's environment minister has barred coal producers from loading the mineral onto ships until they comply with new, stricter environmental rules, a decision that affects U.S.-based Drummond and other miners. Luz Helena Sarmiento, who traveled Wednesday to the Caribbean city of Santa Marta to verify the companies' alleged non-compliance with the new rules that took effect on Jan. 1, said the ban would be put in place immediately.

Colombia bans coal loading over non-compliance with environmental rules

Bogota, Jan 9 (EFE).- Colombia's environment minister has barred coal producers from loading the mineral onto ships until they comply with new, stricter environmental rules, a decision that affects U.S.-based Drummond and other miners. Luz Helena Sarmiento, who traveled Wednesday to the Caribbean city of Santa Marta to verify the companies' alleged non-compliance with the new rules that took effect on Jan. 1, said the ban would be put in place immediately.

Colombia ends coal shipments from US mining giant Drummond after major coal spill in the Caribbean

Colombia's government froze coal shipments by US mining giant Drummond on Wednesday, saying it has not complied with local environmental regulations. New regulations that took effect January 1 require companies operating in the country to use coal freight methods with a low environmental impact. But authorities said Drummond has continued to use open barges which in January 2013 were partly to blame for a major coal spill on the Carribbean coast.
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