NC Enacts New Oversight For Coal Ash Ponds

Law360, New York (August 3, 2009, 12:39 PM EDT) -- North Carolina, which has the most coal ash waste ponds deemed high hazards by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of any state, has adopted a law that subjects dams creating coal ash impoundments to direct inspection by state officials.

Gov. Beverly E. Perdue signed legislation Friday requiring North Carolina's Department of Environment and Natural Resources to inspect at least once every two years the coal ash ponds built by energy companies to contain toxic slurry and ash created as a byproduct from burning coal.

Currently, companies...
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