After campaign pledge, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper faces test on coal ash
- Jan 24, 2019 1:05 pm GMT
WRITTEN BYElizabeth Ouzts
Critics say the Democrat has done too little to address coal ash pollution, but that could change in 2019.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper won his election in 2016 pledging to protect the state’s environment and drinking water from coal ash. This is the year the Democrat’s promise will be put to the test.
Duke Energy, the statewide utility that generates a third of its electricity from coal, owns 14 ash dumps that are perched near major rivers and leaking contaminants into the groundwater below.
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