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EPA considering loosening coal ash disposal regulations

By Hollie Ferguson | Oct 24, 2019

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Proposed changes in regulations regarding the limit of how much coal ash an energy company can dispose of and the location where it can be dumped has many citizens in North Carolina concerned, WFAE 90.7 reports.

The regulations would loosen the restrictions placed on companies like Duke Energy, which has 14 coal ash sites in the state, and could make it more difficult for public suits against the company. 

WFAE reports that many citizens have raised concerns about changing the regulations due to the effects that coal ash can have on the environment and people around it. Mooresville, which is near a Duke Energy station, has seen an increase in thyroid cancer, WFAE reports, and a study is being done to find any environmental factors that may be causing the cancer.

The EPA's change in regulation is still up for consideration and changes may be made before finalizing any decisions. If finalized, the decision could curtail citizens' ability to sue energy companies for mishandling waste and make it more difficult to push for reconsideration of ash dumps already in place. 

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