- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina residents affected by coal ash spills are announcing a new alliance to seek solutions for permanently and safely disposing of the sludge.

The new group is called Alliance of Carolinians Together Against Coal Ash. Its members will hold a news conference Wednesday at the legislative building.

The group includes residents affected by coal ash, along with social justice and environmental groups. They say they want the state and Duke Energy to find better ways to dispose of coal ash.

Last year, coal ash collected at the utility’s Eden power plant spilled into the Dan River, coating 70 miles in toxic, gray sludge. A judge last week rejected a bid by the state’s environmental agency to block Duke Energy from removing coal ash from more plants than required.

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