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Tell regulators: Don't let Duke raise bills to deal with its coal ash mess!

Duke Energy wants to hike customers' rates by 15%, charging customers $311 million for the cleaning up of toxic coal ash pits Duke has neglected for decades. We’ve already been paying a high cost for Duke’s mess: toxic pollution in our waterways and drinking water, which has been threatening our communities’ health and wellbeing. It's time for Duke to be held responsible for its mistakes. 

In the aftermath of the Dan River spill, we learned that Duke ignored coal ash problems they knew about for years. Customers should not be forced to foot the bill for Duke's coal ash mismanagement.

The North Carolina Utilities Commission is seeking public comments on Duke's proposal. Tell them you oppose any handouts for polluters, and that you want Duke Energy, not customers like you, to be held responsible for the costs of cleaning up this toxic mess.

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Every one of Duke Energy's 13 coal ash dumpsites are polluting surrounding ground and surface waters with toxics like arsenic, lead, chromium and mercury. Photo credit: Waterkeeper Alliance. 
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Docket E-2 Sub 1142: Don't make customers foot the bill for Duke's negligence
Please reject Duke's request to increase customer rates by 15% starting next year. Duke has failed to justify why customers should be held responsible for the cost of coal ash cleanup in North Carolina. For decades, Duke failed to adequately monitor and maintain their coal ash pits. In fact, Duke is either involved in pending litigation or has settled cases involving every single coal ash site in Duke Progress territory. Every single one of these sites is currently leaking toxic pollution into our groundwater, rivers and lakes and has been for decades. Duke is eligible to recover costs associated with expenses that are "reasonable and prudently incurred." It's impossible to look at how Duke has managed coal in North Carolina and determine that they handled it prudently.