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Slow Going On Coal Ash Cleanup In North Carolina

Vehicles move ash onto rail cars at Duke Energy's Dan River site. (Dave DeWitt/WUNC)
Vehicles move ash onto rail cars at Duke Energy's Dan River site. (Dave DeWitt/WUNC)

Next month marks the two-year anniversary of one of the largest coal ash spills in the country’s history. It happened at Duke Energy’s Dan River Plant in North Carolina, where nearly 40,000 tons of coal ash broke through a storm pipe and flowed into the Dan River.

Since then, North Carolina lawmakers have passed one of the most aggressive coal ash cleanup laws in the country. Coal ash is finally getting moved, but not at a high enough speed to satisfy homeowners. Dave DeWitt from Here & Now contributor WUNC has an update.

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