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Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks at the National Urban League Conference at the Duke Energy Center, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cara Owsley) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES

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In this April 25, 2014, photo, Bryant Gobble, left, hugs his wife, Sherry Gobble, right, as they look from their yard across an ash pond full of dead trees toward Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station in Dukeville, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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In this April 25, 2014 photo, bottled water rests on the kitchen counter of Ron and Joanne Thomas' home in Dukeville, N.C. The well at their family farm, which is next to a Duke Energy ash pond, is contaminated according to samples taken in March and April by the Waterkeeper Alliance and tested at two accredited independent labs. Under state law, North Carolina officials could have required Duke Energy to clean up the groundwater in Dukeville to prevent possible contamination of residential supplies. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Protesters carry signs and demonstrate in front of the Duke Energy office building in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, May 1, 2014, as shareholders hold their annual meeting. Some Duke Energy investors plan to push the utility's board of directors to investigate issues surrounding a massive coal ash spill that dumped toxic sludge into a 70-mile stretch of a North Carolina river. (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, T. Ortega Gaines) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NEWSPAPER INTERNET ONLY (REV-SHARE)

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Protesters carry signs and demonstrate in front of the Duke Energy office building in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, May 1, 2014, as shareholders hold their annual meeting. Some Duke Energy investors plan to push the utility's board of directors to investigate issues surrounding a massive coal ash spill that dumped toxic sludge into a 70-mile stretch of a North Carolina river. (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, T. Ortega Gaines) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NEWSPAPER INTERNET ONLY (REV-SHARE)

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Duke Energy shareholder Donna Lisenby holds two jars of coals ash from the Catawba and French Broad rivers, as she demonstrates with other protesters Thursday, May 1, 2014, before going into the annual shareholders meeting in Charlotte, N.C. Some Duke Energy investors plan to push the utility's board of directors to investigate issues surrounding a massive coal ash spill that dumped toxic sludge into a 70-mile stretch of a North Carolina river. (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, T. Ortega Gaines) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NEWSPAPER INTERNET ONLY (REV-SHARE)

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Concern citizens, Kendell Hale, dressed as Lady Liberty, and her husband Steve Norris from Asheville, N.C. demonstrate with other protesters in front of the Duke Energy office building, Thursday, May 1, 2014, as shareholders hold their annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C. Some Duke Energy investors plan to push the utility's board of directors to investigate issues surrounding a massive coal ash spill that dumped toxic sludge into a 70-mile stretch of a North Carolina river. (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, T. Ortega Gaines) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NEWSPAPER INTERNET ONLY (REV-SHARE)

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About 200 protesters carry signs and demonstrate in front of Duke Energy office building Thursday, May 1, 2014, as shareholders held their annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C. Some Duke Energy investors plan to push the utility's board of directors to investigate issues surrounding a massive coal ash spill that dumped toxic sludge into a 70-mile stretch of a North Carolina river. (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, T. Ortega Gaines) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NEWSPAPER INTERNET ONLY (REV-SHARE)

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This aerial photo taken at Duke Energy’s Cape Fear Plant on March 10, 2014, by the environmental group WaterKeeper Alliance shows a large crack in the earthen dam holding back millions of tons of toxic coal ash and contaminated waste water. North Carolina regulators inspected the site twice in the following days, but now concede they failed to notice the crack clearly marked with metal stakes and bright orange streamers. State officials say they knew nothing of the potential hazard until Duke reported the crack on March 20, after the company was cited for illegally pumping 61 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into the Cape Fear River. The crack has since been repaired. (AP Photo/WaterKeeper Alliance, Rick Dove)

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FILE - In a Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 file photo, Duke Energy engineers and contractors survey the site of a coal ash spill at the Dan River Power Plant in Eden, N.C., as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of the spill into the river. North Carolina regulators said Friday, March 21, 2014, that they have asked a judge to withdraw a proposed settlement that would have allowed Duke Energy to resolve environmental violations by paying a $99,000 fine with no requirement that the $50 billion company clean up its pollution. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

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This March 20, 2014 photo made available by the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, shows a crack in an earthen dike holding back millions of gallons of coal ash and contaminated water at Duke Energy’s Cape Fear Plant in Moncure, N.C. On Friday, March 21, 2014, the state approved Duke’s emergency plan to repair the large crack. State environmental officials have issued a notice of violation against the company for illegally pumping 61 million gallons of contaminated water from a coal ash dump into the Cape Fear River. The new concerns come after a massive Feb. 2, 2014, coal ash spill at another Duke plant in Eden coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic gray sludge. (AP Photo/N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources)