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Senate committee approves coal ash bill despite Duke Energy objections

A state Senate committee approved a coal ash bill on Tuesday, despite objections from Duke Energy reps A state Senate committee approved a coal ash bill on Tuesday, despite objections from Duke Energy reps
RALEIGH, NC (AP/WECT) -

A committee of the North Carolina Senate advanced a bill aimed at stopping groundwater pollution leaching from Duke Energy's coal pits in the state, despite concerns raised by the company that it won't be able to meet the mandated closure deadlines.

The Agriculture and Environment Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the latest version of the bill backed by Republican leaders. The measure would require the nation's largest electricity company to close its leaky dumps at four high-risk sites within five years. Dumps at 10 other sites would have to close by 2029.

Duke lobbyist George Everett told lawmakers he doubted the company could meet those deadlines and suggested removing them from the bill. The bill's sponsors declined.

The measure now heads for debate before another committee set for Wednesday.

To read the text of the bill approved by the Senate committee, click here: http://bit.ly/1nc9Dny

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