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New rules would require companies to release hazard material results from dumpsites on a public website instead of just to the DEQ.
Still at issue is whether the company will be allowed to charge consumers the full, multibillion-dollar cost of cleaning up its coal ash pits.
The nation's largest electric company has agreed to seek a lower rate increase on more than a million North Carolina customers and charge a lower potential profit margin.
Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo provided testimony to the NC Utilities Commission about the proposed Duke Energy Progress rate increase.
The utility commission will hold more hearings into November and make a recommendation on the rate hike early 2018.
Duke Energy wants to raise rates nearly 17 percent, but first the North Carolina Utilities Commission wants to hear from you.
People living near coal ash ponds recently filed a class action lawsuit against Duke Energy. The class action lawsuit claims negligence and unfair and deceptive trade practices by Duke.
State environmental officials have issued a permit that will allow Duke Energy to start disposing of coal ash at a new lined landfill proposed for the utility's Sutton Steam Station in Wilmington.
Duke Energy has heard from their customers and from the state that they need to responsibly manage coal ash.