Senate committee approves coal ash bill - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

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

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

 

  • PoliticsMore>>

  • GenX, opioid addiction, short-term rentals among issues raised at candidates' forum

    GenX, opioid addiction, short-term rentals among issues raised at candidates' forum

    Friday, September 22 2017 6:22 AM EDT2017-09-22 10:22:52 GMT
    Nearly all candidates on the November ballot attended a forum Thursday night organized by the Residents of Old Wilmington organization. (Source: WECT)Nearly all candidates on the November ballot attended a forum Thursday night organized by the Residents of Old Wilmington organization. (Source: WECT)

    Issues related to downtown Wilmington were discussed Thursday night in a candidates’ forum at the Hannah Block USO Building.

    More >>

    Issues related to downtown Wilmington were discussed Thursday night in a candidates’ forum at the Hannah Block USO Building.

    More >>
  • Muller chosen to replace Millis in District 16

    Muller chosen to replace Millis in District 16

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 6:16 AM EDT2017-09-20 10:16:15 GMT

    Republicans in Pender and Onslow counties chose Bob Muller to take the state house seat vacated by Chris Millis.

    More >>

    Republicans in Pender and Onslow counties chose Bob Muller to take the state house seat vacated by Chris Millis.

    More >>
  • League of Women Voters to host series of candidate forums

    League of Women Voters to host series of candidate forums

    Monday, September 18 2017 12:51 PM EDT2017-09-18 16:51:31 GMT

    The Municipal Elections are just around the corner, so the League of Women Voters of the Cape Fear is sponsoring a series of candidate forums in Brunswick County next month. 

    More >>

    The Municipal Elections are just around the corner, so the League of Women Voters of the Cape Fear is sponsoring a series of candidate forums in Brunswick County next month. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly