Lawmakers call special coal ash meeting

Posted April 3, 2014

— The legislature's environmental oversight committee will hold a special hearing on coal ash regulations April 22, reacting to the Feb. 2 Duke Energy ash spill in the Dan River and its aftermath. 

"The legislature needs to remain educated and briefed on this important issue. We expect to receive comprehensive updates from the stakeholders on the progress regarding the Dan River cleanup and planning for coal ash remediation for the remaining plants across the state," Rep. Samuelson, R-Mecklenburg, said in a statement. "We want members of the General Assembly and the public to be assured North Carolina’s drinking water is safe and see that proactive measures are being taken to ensure a spill doesn’t happen again."

The meeting will be held April 22 at 1:30 p.m. 

Coal ash has been much in the news since a pipe at a now-closed Duke plant in Eden burst, spilling 39,000 tons of toxin-laced coal ash into the river. Along with the immediate aftermath of that accident, the state and company have been responding to stories about their slow response to evidence of toxins leaching from 14 locations across the state brought forward by environmental groups.


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  • WRAL_USER Apr 9, 2014

    I would guess the real "special' meeting of the GOP lawmakers on the coal ash debacle has already taken place to get their stories straight...

  • dahill001 Apr 7, 2014

    Way to get behind everything and be reactive GOP legislature, it was you who has drastically slashed DWQ budgets over the years afterall. Can't wait to see what the 'business-friendly' ERC of the GOP legislature decides in the era of a politicized DENR, a governor with Duke ties, and re-appointed and stacked EMC.

  • Forthe Newssite Apr 4, 2014
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    Be prepared for DE to attend and spout how harmless coal ash is and how they're innocent.....

    and as to fracking.....THAT needs to be reversed and NOT allowed. If the DE fiasco isn't proof enough of that then .......

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Apr 4, 2014

    "We want members of the General Assembly and the public to be assured North Carolina’s drinking water is safe "

    Too late you've already fast tracked FRACKING. Gonna by me some bottle water stock.