With Senate bill done, NC House next on coal ash

RALEIGH, WAKE COUNTY - It's now the turn of House members to review legislation that creates a 15-year timeline to clean up and dispose of coal ash stored next to Duke Energy power plants in North Carolina.

The House Environment Committee is scheduled on Tuesday to discuss, but not vote on, the Senate bill passed last week. The bill is in response to the coal ash spill on the Dan River in February. It aims to prevent ash now in dumps from contaminating water sources.

Gov. Pat McCrory would be asked to sign any measure into law. He's raised concerns about the makeup of a proposed commission that would be responsible for some ash-cleanup decisions.

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