Testing, excavation next with NC coal ash removal

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Legislators are learning about work to clean up more than 100 tons of coal ash held by Duke Energy before the utility starts removing the toxic material from pits and piles in North Carolina.

A Duke Energy executive and state regulators spoke Wednesday to a legislative commission about what’s happened since legislation was approved last summer that requires ash dumps capped or removed by 2029. Duke Energy has turned in ash excavation plans for four sites where pits must be closed in 2019.

Tom Reeder with the Division of Water Resources says his agency will soon ask hundreds of owners of drinking wells near the dumps whether they want their water sources tested.

Coal ash contains numerous heavy metals that can be dangerous in large amounts.

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