- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina regulators say they’ve issued permits that will allow Duke Energy to dump coal ash into open-pit clay mines in two counties.

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources approved modified mining permits Friday for the Colon Mine Site in Lee County and the Brickhaven No. 2 Mine Tract “A” in Chatham County. Protective liners will be installed in the pits before the ash is dumped.

The department also issued permits to Green Meadow and its parent company, Charah Inc., to use coal ash in the construction of structural fills at both mines.

A new state law requires Duke to remove ash remaining after burning coal for electricity from four priority sites within five years. Duke must remove or cap its remaining dumps by 2029.

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