An environmental organization says it will deliver more than 10,000 petitions to the governor calling for stronger efforts to clean up coal ash basins around the state.
The petitions will be taken to the State Capitol on Friday, which is the day the state’s new coal ash law goes into effect.
Environment North Carolina is organizing the event, which will feature speakers who lived near Duke Energy coal-fired power plants, along with activists.
The new coal ash regulations set a timetable for closing and cleaning up the ponds over the next 15 years. Environmentalists say the risk of polluting drinking water, rivers and lakes continues as long as the 33 ponds in the state remain as they are, in unlined basins.