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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Two top Republicans in the North Carolina Senate have introduced a bill to curb the threat of pollution from coal ash dumps, three months after a massive spill at a Duke Energy plant coated 70 miles of the Dan River in gray sludge.

The bill is based on an earlier proposal from Gov. Pat McCrory that stops short of requiring Duke to remove all of its coal ash from unlined pits near rivers and lakes, as environmentalists have demanded. State regulators say all 33 of Duke’s dumps scattered at 14 sites across the state are contaminating groundwater.

The primary sponsors are Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and Senate Rules Committee Chairman Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson. Apodaca has previously said he wants to require Duke to move its ash to lined landfills.

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