Newsclip®: [Business] Regulators: Coal ash to be moved from North Carolina pits

"RALEIGH, N.C. — All coal-ash pits in North Carolina maintained by Duke Energy power plants pose enough of an environmental risk that they should be excavated and moved by 2024, state environmental regulators said Wednesday. But the state Department of Environmental Quality said it’s asking for a change in state law that would allow it to reconsider its risk assessment in 18 months. The agency was required to submit its risk rankings for all 33 pits by Wednesday under a state law passed in 2014 after a spill at a Duke Energy coal-ash pit coated 70 miles of the Dan River in a toxic sludge. The law required that eight pits at four plants be excavated by 2019. Fewer pits would have to be excavated if repairs to dams retaining the liquefied waste are finished and neighbors, including hundreds", powersource.post-gazette.com


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