Environmental groups ask judge to dismiss part of lawsuit

Coal Ash stored at Duke Energy's Sutton Plant in New Hanover County in 2015. (Photo: WWAY)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A coalition of environmental groups is asking a North Carolina judge to dismiss part of lawsuit over pollution leaking from Duke Energy’s coal ash dumps.

The Southern Environmental Law Center filed Wednesday supporting a motion from Duke saying the company will remove all ash from half of its coal-fired power plants in the state.

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The plants agreed to include Duke’s Asheville, Riverbend, Sutton, Cape Fear, Lee and Weatherspoon plants. Also included is the Dan River plant where there was a massive ash spill last year.

Cleanup deadlines are already in place at four of the sites. The environmental groups and Duke still haven’t resolved issues at the other seven plants.

North Carolina lawmakers approved legislation last year requiring Duke to dig up or cap all of its dumps by 2029.

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