Board considers water line for neighbors of coal ash ponds

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SALISBURY, NC (AP) — A county board could OK an agreement with Duke Energy Corp. for a multi-million-dollar water line that the company is required to provide to neighbors of coal ash ponds.

The Salisbury Post reports (http://bit.ly/2pjR3W9) the Rowan County Board of Commissioners will discuss the water line to be built near Buck Steam Station when it meets Monday. The almost $5 million line will cover more than 150 homes.

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A state law requires the company to install by October 2018 either new municipal water lines or a household water treatment system to homes within a half mile of coal ash sites.

It’s been more than three years since liquefied coal ash containing arsenic, lead, mercury and other heavy metals spilled from a Duke Energy plant into the Dan River along the Virginia line.

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Information from: Salisbury Post, http://www.salisburypost.com

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