NC could force Duke to move dump away from river

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Associated Press

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 5:02 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators say they may force Duke Energy to move a pair of leaky coal ash dumps, more than three weeks after a massive spill coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic gray sludge.

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Tuesday it plans to reopen Duke's wastewater discharge permit and consider changes that would require the company to remove its remaining coal ash from the site at Eden near the Virginia line to a lined landfill away from the river.

It would mark the first time state regulators have moved to force Duke to move its toxic waste away from rivers or lakes.

The agency's statement makes no indication if similar permitting changes are under consideration for Duke's other 13 dumps in North Carolina.

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