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Progress on Coal Ash in North Carolina

On April 1, we celebrated the welcome news that the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality ordered Duke Energy to excavate the six coal ash sites in the state that did not already have cleanup plans in place.

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Coal ash cleanup decision a huge victory for North Carolina!

On April 1, North Carolina announced its decision to require Duke Energy to fully excavate the six remaining coal ash sites across the state — a big victory in the year’s long fight against the energy utility’s negligence.

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NCDEQ orders Duke Energy to fully excavate remaining coal ash sites

Today’s decision by the DEQ requiring Duke Energy to excavate all of its six remaining coal ash sites is a testament to the determination of the people living near these toxic sites who have been calling on the state for strong cleanup measures for years.

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Coal Ash Cleanup: Three States See Major Developments

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North Carolina holds meetings on coal ash cleanup in the state. Tennessee workers who are sick after cleaning up TVA’s 2008 coal ash disaster seek resolution. Virginia moves closer to requiring Dominion Energy to relocate its toxic coal ash.

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Push for N.C. Coal Ash Cleanup Enters Final Stages

We joined North Carolinians living near Duke Energy’s coal ash dumps in telling the state that capping the toxic pits instead of moving the material away from water sources is a non-starter.

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Five years after Dan River: Coal ash in N.C.

The Dan River coal ash spill sparked a flurry of coal ash cleanup legislation, public hearings, community meetings and more across North Carolina. But where does coal ash stand in the state now?

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N.C. Lowers Risk Rating of Coal Ash Pits

Duke Energy may now be able to cap six toxic coal ash dumps in North Carolina in place instead of transporting the material to lined landfills after state regulators classified the dumps as “low risk.”

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Hurricane Highlights Coal Ash Risks

September’s Hurricane Florence breached two of Duke Energy’s coal ash and wastewater impoundments.

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Al Gore, Rev. Barber tour coal-impacted communities in N.C.

The former vice president joined with the Poor People’s Campaign and others on a two-day tour to highlight the link between environmental injustice and poverty.

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EPA Rolls Back Coal Ash Protections

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established new rules for the disposal and storage of toxic coal ash, replacing environmental safeguards put forth by the Obama Administration.

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