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July 14, 2014

N.C. Senate rejects House coal ash bill

As expected, the Senate didn’t go along with the House rewrite of its coal ash regulations bill on Monday night.

As expected, the Senate didn’t go along with the House rewrite of its coal ash regulations bill on Monday night.

Sen. Tom Apodaca, a Hendersonville Republican and co-sponsor of the bill, said two of the House changes were deal-breakers.

The House version of the bill would allow state environmental regulators to give Duke Energy more time to clean up their coal ash plans than the timeline set forth in the Senate bill. Also, the House rewrite would put a coal ash commission to oversee the industry in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, rather than in another department entirely: the Division of Emergency Management in the Department of Public Safety.

“Those two things alone really damage this bill, in my opinion,” Apodaca said.

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