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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups and people who live near Duke Energy power plants are pressing North Carolina lawmakers to require the company to move all of its leaky coal ash dumps away from rivers, lakes and homes.

As part of a rally Wednesday, “coal ash cupcakes” were delivered to the offices of legislators as advocates tried to meet with their representatives. The cupcakes did not include any actual coal ash, which contains such toxic chemicals as arsenic, mercury and lead.

A massive coal ash spill from a Duke plant in February coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge. Duke has proposed removing the ash from unlined pits at four of its plants, but wants to consider other options at its 10 remaining facilities across the state.

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