Monday, October 6, 2014

'60 Minutes' looks into coal ash issue at Duke Energy

Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good is expected to be featured on a “60 Minutes” report, possibly airing as early as next month, about coal ash.

Correspondent Leslie Stahl and a crew from the CBS newsmagazine were in Charlotte Sept. 18 and 19 to interview Good and film two Duke plants with ash ponds in Gaston County, the decommissioned Riverbend plant and the Allen Steam Station, which uses modern emissions equip
Lynn Good
ment to curb sulfur dioxide emissions.

Duke spokeswoman Paige Layne said Monday that the utility agreed to be part of the story because, with at least 670 ash basins across the country, coal ash is a national issue, and Duke Energy is a massive player in the industry.

Duke has announced plans to move ash at five plants in the Carolinas since a Feb. 2 spill into North Carolina’s Dan River.

“Given that ‘60 Minutes’ is doing a story on ash basins, including the capture and disposal of coal ash, we felt it was important to join the conversation,” Good said in a message to Duke employees Monday. 

“We felt it was important that ‘60 Minutes’ hear our perspective on our coal ash management practices, how we’ve responded to the Dan River accident and our plans to close our ash basins.”

“60 Minutes” spokesman Kevin Tedesco said the network has not set an air date for the segment.

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