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April 23, 2014

Duke: coal ash removal from N.C. rivers would cost $10B

  • The company's proposal is to remove coal ash stored at three power plants, but leave much of it at other sites covered with tarps and soil.
    Associated Press

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Duke Energy told North Carolina lawmakers Tuesday that removing all of the company's coal ash away from the state's rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion, with its electricity customers likely footing nearly all the bill.

    In a presentation to a state legislative committee, Duke's North Carolina president Paul Newton suggested the company needs flexibility to consider more cost-efficient options. The company's proposal is to remove the coal ash stored in unlined dumps at three of its power plants, but then potentially leave much of it at its other sites in place after being covered with giant tarps and topped with soil.

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