On April 1, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) announced a ruling that coal ash communities have been waiting for for years.

The state agency told Duke Energy the company would have to excavate all of their remaining coal ash in North Carolina.

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People living in the Belews Creek community, one of those coal ash communities, are now rejoicing. In fact, they threw a 'Excavation Celebration.'

For years now they have fought to have the coal ash removed. The fear is the toxins from the coal ash have been seeping into ground water. Today the Belews Creek community held an "Excavation Celebration' for their big win.

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WFMY News 2 has reached out to Duke Energy for a comment. Because it is a Sunday, a response may not come until Monday.

We'll update when we get a response. 

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