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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina regulators say Duke Energy pumped 61 million gallons of contaminated water from a coal ash pit near the Cape Fear River.

State Department of Environment and Natural Resources spokesman Jamie Kritzer says the action violated Duke’s wastewater permit at its Cape Fear plant.

He says the agency issued Duke a notice of violation for the permit violations.

Kritzer says regulators have notified municipalities downstream of the Cape Fear plant.

So far, he says no municipalities have reported problems meeting federal drinking water standards.

But he says his department is collecting water samples near the plant.

The discharge comes a month after Duke’s massive coal ash spill in Eden coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge.

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