Immediate Cleanup of Coal Ash Not Required

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North Carolina's highest court ruled Thursday that Duke Energy has years to clean up leaking coal ash dumps as outlined by a new state law.

 

Excerpt from BlueRidgeNow.com 

By Emery P. Dalesio

6/12/15 4:30 AM 

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North Carolina's highest court ruled Thursday that Duke Energy has years to clean up leaking coal ash dumps as outlined by a new state law.

The state Supreme Court overruled a lower court judge's decision that the country's largest electric company must take "immediate action" to eliminate groundwater pollution at its unlined ash pits. The ash is the residue of coal burned for electricity and contains toxic heavy metals.

The court agreed with Duke Energy's attorneys that the issue is moot since legislators passed a law after last year's massive Dan River spill requiring the company to cap or remove all of its dumps by 2029. Four high-priority sites must close by 2019.

In adopting the law, "the General Assembly sought to address the public's understandable concern about the effect of the operation of coal ash lagoons on the ground and surface waters in North Carolina," Justice Sam Ervin IV wrote for the court. Justice Robert Edmunds did not participate in the seven-judge high court's consideration of the case.

 

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