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Duke accused of hiding $2 billion

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By Travis Mitchell

Original article here.

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A North Carolina energy watchdog group is accusing Duke Energy of failing to disclose potentially billions of dollars in ratepayer costs seeking approval for its merger with Progress Energy.

According to advocacy group NC WARN, Duke Energy waited until the merger had closed before disclosing roughly $2 billion in planned improvements to its nuclear plants. During the lengthy approval process, Duke Energy claimed that its acquisition of Progress Energy would save its customers $650 over two years. The $2 billion in expenditures would appear to cut into this savings, and NC WARN is calling on ratepayers to force state regulators to seek approval from Duke that the improvements will benefit ratepayers.

The North Carolina Public Utilities Commission is reviewing a motion by NC WARN to reopen the merger hearing to shed more light on the proposed nuclear upgrades to plants in South Carolina and Florida.

Although Duke earnings have been up since it closed its July merger with Progress Energy, this is just the latest in a string of controversy, which began with the sudden ouster of ex-Progress CEO Bill Johnson. In addition to NC WARN, the Public Utilities Commission and the North Carolina Attorney General have both launched independent investigations into the merger proceedings.

Read more: Duke accused of hiding $2 billion – FierceEnergyhttp://www.fierceenergy.com/story/duke-accused-hiding-2-billion/2012-08-21#ixzz24NWxbON8
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TYPHOON ROKE TO HIT JAPAN TOMORROW

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Tokyos_Yellow_Rain Follow up: If things in Japan weren’t bad enough, what with the weekly earthquakes, the tsunami that hit in March, the continued radiation leaks from the destroyed nuclear power plants, now, tomorrow, a deadly typhoon is scheduled to make landfall. Japan will be evacuating 1.2 million people with this oncoming threat, but the question remains, what ramifications will the typhoon have on the continuing dangerous levels of radiation that have never been stopped at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant. It is known that in April of this year, a month after the devastation that hit Japan, American cities in the following states had radiation rain fall! Massachusetts, California, Washington, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida all had radiation rainfall, with the primary concern being the safety of our drinking water. The poison rain comes on the wind currents and there is no way to predict where it will end up. The leaking Nuclear Plants needs to be capped (stopped) NOW!

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There is no technology to remove the cores from the stricken reactors, it will be ten years before they attempt to do so. Conditions at Nuclear facilities are much worst than originally thought. In Russia at the Chernobyl disaster, which is located in the Ukraine,The abandoned city of Pripyat with Chernobyl plant in the distance they entombed the core in concrete which required Herculean efforts by many who lost their lives in the process.  However,  Japan is taking a different route, they are building huge frames that will go over the buildings and these frames will be covered by tents, in the hope the tents will contain the radiation that is coming off as steam and then they will be able to turn it into water and as water, they will be able to contain the radiation. Unlike Russia, which actually, evacuated the entire city adjoining Chernobyl, an area to this day, that is off limits because it is unsafe, Japan has evacuated a much smaller area, with the hope that the larger evacuation would not be necessary, disregarding the long term health of millions of people, not only in their nation, but people around the globe.

Man Shouldn’t Have to Rob a Bank to Get Health Care

In EYE ON CITRUS, EYEONCITRUS.COM, Man Shouldn't Have to Rob a Bank to Get Health Care on kp30 at 301121

James VeroneJames Verone has to live with the fact that he robbed a bank in North Carolina and only asked for $1. But at least he gets to live. Robbery was the only way the 59-year-old man with no job and a litany of health problems saw to save himself. That’s the America we live in today. An America where a man has to rob a bank to get himself some government-sponsored health care from the jail.

And yet, the health care debate has raged on in America for years, nay, decades. It’s reached fever pitch when the health care reform law bill made its way through Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama last year, suggesting guys like Verone just be offered some, ahem, help with the growth in his chest, the two ruptured disks, and the problem with his left foot. Rest of Story HERE….

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