The utility will drop its legal fight with the state, dig up nearly 80 million tons of ash and move it to lined storage.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has a chance to fundamentally reshape the state’s utility board with a series of appointments in the coming days.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s new move to excavate ash from the commonwealth’s coal ash ponds puts more pressure on North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to follow suit, environmental advocates say.
Critics say the Democrat has done too little to address coal ash pollution, but that could change in 2019.
Environmental activists want more testing and accountability following coal ash breaches at two Duke Energy sites during Hurricane Florence.