- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

SANFORD, N.C. (AP) - Lee County commissioners plan to voice their opposition against Duke Energy Corp.’s plan to fill open-pit clay mines used by the brick industry with millions of tons of coal ash.

The Sanford Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1AcgXLE ) that commissioners say they expect approval Monday of a resolution against the utility’s plan to store up to 8 million tons of coal ash in Lee County in coming years.

Chatham County’s commissioners passed a similar resolution last month against the disposal of up to 12 million tons of coal ash in that county.

A new state law requires Charlotte-based Duke Energy to remove ash remaining after burning coal for electricity away from four priority sites within five years. The nation’s largest electricity company must remove or cap its remaining dumps by 2029.

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Information from: The Sanford Herald, https://www.sanfordherald.com

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