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|NC legislators approve regulating toxic coal ash|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
RALEIGH, N.C. ó North Carolina lawmakers have approved legislation they say makes the state the nationís first to address decades of toxic water pollution from residue left behind by coal-burning electricity plants.
The General Assembly on Wednesday approved legislation addressing the problem unmasked six months ago when a coal ash spill from a Duke Energy plant coated 70 miles of the Dan River in gray sludge. The measure goes to Gov. Pat McCrory before becoming law.
Environmentalists say the legislation improved on earlier efforts, but didnít go far enough.
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