Federal grand jury looks into Duke Energy spill

Federal grand jury looks into Duke Energy spill

Credit: Duke Energy

This handout photo from Duke Energy shows a coal ash pond that was the site of a spill into the Dan River in Rockingham County, North Carolina.

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 1:40 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A federal grand jury is convening as part of a widening criminal investigation triggered by the massive Duke Energy coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge. 

The grand jury was set to meet Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Raleigh. Prosecutors have issued at least 23 subpoenas to Duke executives and state officials. 

U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker declined to comment, citing the secrecy of grand jury proceedings. 

The subpoenas seek records from Duke, the North Carolina Utilities Commission and the state environmental agency. They include reams of documents, including emails, memos and reports related to the Feb. 2 spill into the Dan River and the state's oversight of the company's nearly three dozen other coal ash dumps spread out at 14 power plants.
 

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