McCrory Coal Ash Scandal: Subpoenas issued for Utilities Commission records

The Greensboro News and Record is out with the news that federal investigators convening a grand jury on the DENR's handling of the Duke coal ash spill have issued subpoenas for records covering the last ten years from the NC Utilities Commission. The state legislature shifted the responsibility for oversight of the coal ash ponds from the Utilities Commission to DENR in 2010.

Observers take this as a sign that the Feds are looking at the long-term record of the state's oversight of the coal ash ponds and the more recent response and settlement with Duke Energy by DENR to lawsuits about the coal ash situation. The grand jury meets next week.