Monday numbers

Monday numbers

- in Fitzsimon File

NCDENR

29—number of days since a massive coal ash spill at an abandoned Duke Energy power plant near Eden contaminated the Dan River with toxic coal ash (“Institute Index: Duke Energy coal ash spill latest in ongoing regulatory disaster,” Institute for Southern Studies)

13—percentage of staff positions eliminated in the Division of Water Resources at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) two weeks ago (“Cuts to DENR regulators jarring in wake of Dan River spill,” News & Observer, March 7, 2014)

255—total number of jobs cut from DENR since 2009 (Ibid)

30—number of jobs cut from DENR in 2009 and 2010 combined (Ibid)

225—number of jobs cut from DENR since 2011 when Republicans took over control of the General Assembly (Ibid)

131—number of jobs cuts from DENR since Governor Pat McCrory took office in 2013 (Ibid)

1,500—number of jobs transferred out of DENR to other departments in state government (Ibid)

600,000—amount in dollars of the federal grant rejected by DENR in 2013 for testing water quality in areas that might be affected by fracking (Ibid)

99,112—amount in dollars of the fine Duke Energy paid in 2013 to settle a state lawsuit against the company for millions of tons of coal ash residue leaked from Duke’s power plant into Mountain Island Lake near Charlotte and the French Broad River (“As Coal Ash Controversy Intensified, Duke Gave Another $437,000 to Help GOP Causes in 2013,” Democracy North Carolina, February 14, 2014)

19.6 billion—amount in dollars of the operating revenues of Duke Energy in 2012 (Ibid)

0—number of the 32 coal ash ponds maintained by Duke Energy that the state required the company to clean up as part of the settlement (Ibid)

3—number of days since Governor Pat McCrory said “Our DENR under our administration has taken the most aggressive action in North Carolina history” (“Governor responds to criticism on protecting the environment,” WSOC-TV, March 7, 2013)

1.6 million—amount in dollars of combined political contributions from Duke Energy to the campaign committees of Governor McCrory since 2008 and the outside political groups that helped his gubernatorial campaigns (“As Coal Ash Controversy Intensified, Duke Gave Another $437,000 to Help GOP Causes in 2013,” Democracy North Carolina, February 14, 2014)