- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

EDEN, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina environmental officials are spelling out plans for a new, lined landfill for long-term coal ash storage near the site of a 2014 spill of coal ash, the byproduct of burning coal for electric power.

The state Department of Environmental Quality holds a public meeting Wednesday evening at Eden City Hall. The agency is analyzing whether the project might have negative effects on nearby low-income and minority communities.

Duke Energy has proposed moving coal ash from unlined pits at its Dan River power plant into a new landfill on the grounds with a lined bottom to prevent tainted water from seeping out the bottom into groundwater.

State officials are dealing with the legacy of decades of accumulated coal ash after a spill into the Dan River two years ago.

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