- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina regulators say the owner of an open-pit mine in Chatham County being prepared to hold coal ash started construction without a required state permit.

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Tuesday it had issued a notice of violation to Green Meadow LLC, a landholding company tied to Charah Inc. That Kentucky-based waste-handling firm plans to fill the former Brickhaven mine in Moncure with coal ash removed from several Duke Energy dumps that are set to be closed.

A state stormwater permit is required when a construction project disturbs at least one acre of land. Chatham County officials previously cited Green Meadow for violating a local erosion and sedimentation control ordinance as the company prepared a railroad bed needed to transport coal ash to the mine.

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