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Topic - Tom Apodaca
A bill backed by key North Carolina lawmakers would require Duke Energy to close all of its coal ash dumps across the state within 15 years, with much of the toxic material going into lined landfills.
Five items in the proposed Senate budget adjustments for the 2014-15 fiscal year approved by several committees Thursday that are getting attention:
Two top Republicans in the North Carolina Senate introduced a bill Wednesday they say will curb the threat of pollution from coal ash dumps, three months after a massive spill at a Duke Energy plant coated 70 miles of the Dan River in gray sludge.
Some North Carolina lawmakers say they were surprised and miffed by fellow Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's announcement that he's seeking legislation to beef up government oversight of coal ash dumps.
Two North Carolina lawmakers say last week's massive coal ash spill on the Dan River was a "wake up call" that Duke Energy should be forced to clean out leaky waste dumps at its power plants.
A North Carolina state senator apologized Tuesday for negative comments he made about Gov. Pat McCrory, his wife and others during a recorded discussion with constituents about legislation to regulate dog breeding.
The North Carolina Senate doesn't plan to consider dog-breeding regulations later this year after its leaders took offense about the disclosure of a conversation recorded by community activists with a senator, who gave frank comments about the legislation.
Apodaca says he'll propose legislation tougher than what McCrory outlined, including deadlines for removing waste from some pits.