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Governor: Move Ash Ponds

Updated: Wednesday, February 26 2014, 09:45 PM EST
Governor Pat McCrory has asked Duke Energy to draw up plans and estimates for moving its coal ash ponds in North Carolina away from essential sources of drinking water.  The governor sent a letter to the CEO Tuesday saying "we will not stand by while coal ash ponds remain a danger due to their proximity to where so many North Carolinians get their drinking water."

The Southern Environmental Law Center in Asheville, which joined a lawsuit with the state against Duke Energy over its coal ash ponds, said the governor's statements are encouraging.  But a senior attorney says those words need to be turned to action in the form of policy and legislation.

Duke has been reviewing it's ash management for some time, according to spokesman, Jason Walls.  He says the project at the Asheville Regional Airport is an example of recycling efforts for the coal burning by-product.  The airport is now using ash from the Lake Julian power plant to expand taxi-ways by using EPA approved methods that line the area with material that doesn't allow for seepage into the groundwater.

The governor has asked for options and solutions from Duke by March 15th.

By Frank Fraboni Governor: Move Ash Ponds


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