NC Senate Adjourns Without Dealing With Coal Ash

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Last night the NC Senate in a post midnight session adjourned without passing any legislation to deal with the massive amount of coal ash sitting in unlined pits across North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer has the story,

The North Carolina Senate adjourned early Friday morning without finalizing a bill requiring Duke Energy to clean up its leaky coal ash dumps across the state.

Senate leaders sent their bill back to committee before heading home, nearly six months after a spill at a Duke plant in Eden coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge. It was a signal of deep divisions between Republicans in the Senate and House, who were unable to reconcile competing versions of the legislation despite weeks of negotiations behind closed doors.

Bill sponsor Sen. Tom Apodaca tersely blamed his counterparts in the House for the failure to reach a deal, saying they had insisted on new and unacceptable changes late Thursday. He plans to bring the measure back up when the Senate reconvenes after the November election.

So after declaring coal ash a top priority for the legislative session, NC Senate leaders now want to wait until after the election to pass anything. Presumably they want to wait until after the election so they won't be accountable to the voters for any sweetheart deal they give Duke Energy. In the meantime, dozens of coal ash unlined pits will continue to leach toxins into our water. 

 

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