NC coal ash bill destined for compromise committee

RALEIGH, WAKE COUNTY - A key senator says his chamber will reject a competing version of legislation designed to clean up coal ash ponds at Duke Energy's North Caroilna power plants.

Sen. Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville said Thursday the chamber would "absolutely not" agree with changes the House made to the measure the Senate passed last month. The bill would head to a negotiating committee to forge a compromise.

Apodaca delayed a vote on the House plan until Monday.

Both versions require all pits be closed in 15 years. The House version could give Duke Energy some leeway on deadlines. The legislation arose from the massive ash spill in Eden in February.

An environmental group also announced Thursday it would run a television ad criticizing House Speaker Thom Tillis for the legislation.

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