It is good to be a Duke.
Dukes can can exercise droit du seigneur.
Duke Energy’s top North Carolina executive told state lawmakers Tuesday that digging up coal ash from disposal sites across the state and trucking the industrial waste to modern landfills, as critics are demanding, could cost as much as $10 billion.
A cheaper option, which leaves the coal ash in place at most sites, would cost at least $2 billion.
Duke officials are keeping a low profile about who will pay that cost, but a state regulator estimated the higher price tag cited Tuesday could cost North Carolina households more than $20 a month.
The story explains that Duke is claiming that the ponds were legal when they were built, so pffftttt!
Who cares that said ponds had a history of problems and poor maintenance?