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Mooneyham: Coal ash fix worries environmentalists

“The proposal from McCrory would give the department that Skvarla heads authority over how the cleanup proceeds. It would establish priorities and timeframes and let Duke propose how each should be closed.”

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The state’s chief environmental regulator may well be correct that a one-size-fits-all approach to coal ash cleanup may not work.

John Skvarla, who heads the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources, recently joined Gov. Pat McCrory to outline a proposal to clean up Duke Energy’s 33 coal ash pits in the aftermath of the massive spill in the Dan River.

“The engineering and science is going to be a little more complicated than digging them all up and moving them to landfills,” Skvarla said.

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