Criminal Investigation Launched in Dan River Coal Ash Spill

For those who wonder where the enforcement of environmental law is at this point, take heart. For those particularly aggrieved and deprived of clean water in Danville, VA; and for those in North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania or other sites of recent environmental degradation, there is now some hope:

RALEIGH, N.C. - Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into North Carolina's environmental agency following a massive coal ash spill on the Dan River.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Raleigh issued a grand jury subpoena demanding records from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources [NCDENR]. They include emails, memos and reports from 2010 through the Feb. 2 spill. 

There's more:

The spill at a Duke Energy plant in Eden spewed enough toxic sludge into the river to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools. It was the third-largest coal ash spill in U.S. history.

Prosecutors ordered the state environmental agency's chief lawyer to appear next month before a grand jury.

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has been hammered into the ground by the extreme environmental nihilists who have taken over the state. It would appear that this dire event emboldened the feds to take a look at the beleaguered agency, and hopefully see the necessity of its oversight as readily apparent.

A federal investigation of the gutting of the Jordan lake rules and the complete sell-out of those relying on the reservoir for "clean" water should be looked into as well.

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