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Coal ash bill in limbo after NC Senate adjourns

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The North Carolina Senate has adjourned without finalizing a bill requiring Duke Energy to clean up its 33 leaky coal ash dumps in the state. The move comes nearly six months after a spill coated 70 miles of the Dan River with sludge.

Senate leaders sent their bill back to committee early Friday morning before heading home. It was a signal of deep divisions between Republicans in the Senate and House, who were unable to reconcile competing versions of the legislation despite weeks of negotiations.

Bill sponsor Sen. Tom Apodaca tersely blamed his counterparts in the House for the failure to reach a deal, saying they had insisted on new and unacceptable changes late Thursday. The Republican lawmaker says he hopes to bring the measure back up when the Senate reconvenes in November.

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Nice Job NC Senate...

Our water may still be threatened by coal ash, but you've protected our Charter Schools from the tyranny of Open Records Laws!

If you check

they're planning to return to session.