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.
A report based on coal companies’ own self-reported data shows widespread contamination of ground and surface water.
Environmental activists want more testing and accountability following coal ash breaches at two Duke Energy sites during Hurricane Florence.
State investigators arrived on the scene over the weekend and plan to release testing results later this week.