Duke Energy clearing power lines in Southern Pines, Whispering Pines

The state of North Carolina says it has secured an agreement with Duke Energy to excavate nearly 80 million tons of coal ash at six facilities.

The Department of Environmental Quality said in a Thursday press release that it will be the largest coal ash clean up in the nation’s history.

It also settles various legal disputes between Duke and parties that include environmental and community groups.

For decades, coal ash has been stored in landfills or in ponds, often near waterways into which toxins can leach. 

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