- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina General Assembly is nearly ready to offer cheaper ways for Duke Energy to clean up toxic coal ash authorities declared a public health risk in May.

A House committee recommended Wednesday that the full chamber approve legislation that would allow Duke Energy to dry out the watery pits and close them in place rather than excavating all the toxic residue.

The proposal would require the company supply plant neighbors with safe drinking water by October 2018 and fortify unsafe dams around some pits. The proposal has been backed by the Department of Environmental Quality.

The full Senate passed the bill Tuesday. The bill now heads to the full House for concurrence.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide