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Duke Energy plans to excavate and move coal ash from a dozen more waste ponds.
North Carolina's highest court says Duke Energy has years to clean up leaking coal ash dumps as outlined by a new state law and doesn't have to act immediately.
Duke Energy could face another fine for spreading coal ash in the groundwater near its Sutton Plant in New Hanover County. The state fined Duke Energy $25 million for this problem in March.
North Carolina regulators say they've issued permits that will allow Duke Energy to dump coal ash into open-pit clay mines in two counties.
Duke Energy has begun what will be the years-long process of digging up coal ash from its unlined dumps and North Carolina and removing it to safer storage.
North Carolina officials are warning more residents living near Duke Energy's coal ash pits that it's not safe to drink or cook with their well water.
One of the federal prosecutors who supervised the criminal case over Duke Energy's coal ash pollution says he doesn't expect to file any additional charges in the case.
Duke Energy has pleaded guilty in federal court to environmental crimes and has agreed to pay $102 million in fines and restitution over years of illegal pollution leaking from coal-ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.
Duke Energy says it "wants to connect with neighbors about coal ash." So the company will host a community open house to discuss with the public its plans to deal with coal ash stored at the Sutton Plant off of US 421 north of Wilmington.