June 24, 2014 at 8:48 PM
The North Carolina Senate has given preliminary approval to legislation ordering Duke Energy to close all its coal ash dumps in the state by 2029.
Tuesday's unanimous vote came about four months after a spill from a Duke plant in Eden coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge. The measure sponsored by Senate Leader Phil Berger and Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca requires Duke to move ash from dumps at four Duke plants into lined landfills. A new coal ash commission and state regulators would decide whether the millions of tons of ash at 10 remaining plants could be capped and left in place.
The bill faces votes in the House before heading to the desk of Gov. Pat McCrory, who worked for Duke for 29 years.