Duke Energy plans to dig up, move coal ash from most pits


CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Duke Energy plans to excavate and move coal ash from a dozen more waste ponds.

The country’s largest electric company said Tuesday it plans to take the residue of coal burned to generate power from 12 more waste pits at plants in Moncure, Goldsboro, Lumberton and Mooresboro. Most ash would be moved to former open-pit clay mines in Chatham and Lee counties.

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Duke Energy says if regulators approve, it now plans to excavate coal ash from 20 of its 32 North Carolina pits. A state law passed last year requires the Charlotte-based company to close four high-priority sites by 2019 and all of them by 2029.

The company last year acknowledged that hundreds of leaks have occurred at its coal ash dumps, oozing millions of gallons of contaminated wastewater daily.

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