RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's governor says he will propose new legislation aimed at strengthening government oversight of coal ash dumps following the massive spill at a Duke Energy plant that coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge.
Gov. Pat McCrory said Wednesday his plan would result in the "conversion or closure" of the dumps and close legal loopholes that allowed Duke to avoid cleaning up groundwater contamination leeching from its 33 unlined ash pits clustered at 14 coal-fired power plants across the state. McCrory declined to discuss details about his plan at an event in Raleigh and his staff said some of the specifics weren't immediately available.
Environmentalists are pushing the state to require Duke to haul more than 100 million tons of the toxic ash away from waterways.
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