Under the Dome

New TV ad lays Dan River spill at governor’s feet

The Washington-based Natural Resources Defense Council has made a major TV ad purchase laying the Dan River coal ash spill squarely at Gov. Pat McCrory’s doorstep.

“Pat McCrory has coal ash on his hands,” a narrator says, followed by an image of McCrory with a muck-covered palm. The ad will begin running Thursday and run for two weeks on every major network station and about a dozen cable channels in the Triangle and Triad.

The ad blames McCrory because state regulators knew Duke Energy’s coal ash storage pond was a potential danger, and because he signed into law a bill easing groundwater pollution restrictions.

The organization says it has more than 5,000 members in North Carolina, and is becoming more active in fighting the trend over the past three years of Republican-led rollbacks on environmental protections.