Uncommon Sense

May 28, 2014

Aw, shit!

According to the AP:

The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it had reached an enforceable deal with Duke Energy to clean up its mess from a huge coal ash spill into the Dan River. The Feb. 2 spill coated 70 miles of the river in North Carolina and Virginia with toxic gray sludge. The E.P.A. will oversee the cleanup in consultation with federal wildlife officials under provisions in the Superfund law. Duke will reimburse the federal government for its oversight costs, including those incurred in the emergency response to the spill. Coal ash, the byproduct left behind when coal is burned to generate electricity, contains numerous toxic substances, including arsenic, selenium, chromium, thallium, mercury and lead. The agreement makes no mention of any fines imposed against Duke.

The key words are “Duke will reimburse the federal government for its oversight costs” (my emphasis) meaning that others will pay for the actual cleanup costs, while Duke, which caused the mess, will pay whoever watches the cleanup to make sure it is done right.

Crony capitalism wins again!

10 Comments »

  1. I’m sure whoever watches the cleanup will feel terrible that the company that is reimbursing their payment caused such damage.

    They outsourced guilty feelings.

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    Comment by Ignostic Atheist — May 28, 2014 @ 9:59 am | Reply

    • LOL. But you assumed they were capable of shame and/or guilt beforehand.

      On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 9:59 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 28, 2014 @ 10:38 am | Reply

      • That is irrelevant. They’re job creators, dammit, they deserve respect for that!

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        Comment by Ignostic Atheist — May 28, 2014 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

    • Brilliant.

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      Comment by john zande — May 28, 2014 @ 2:10 pm | Reply

      • Yeah, on Duke Energies part. They get the Superfund taxes (taxes on oil and coal companies that are paid by consumers of those industries outputs) to pay for their “boo boo.” They admit to no wrong doing. They change their practices not one bit. I also assume they were against Obamacare as an impindgement on their freedom!

        On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 2:10 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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        Comment by Steve Ruis — May 28, 2014 @ 2:24 pm | Reply

  2. Crony capitalism. It’s the most profitable industry in the world

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    Comment by lbwoodgate — May 28, 2014 @ 11:40 am | Reply

    • Egad, yes. Apparently one study showed that for each dollar spend lobbying Washington, $22 was returned. Where else can you get a 22:1 ROI?

      On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 11:40 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 28, 2014 @ 11:56 am | Reply


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