Spill Timing Hurts Coal Industry As EPA Mulls Ash Rule

Law360, New York (February 21, 2014, 5:46 PM EST) -- In unfortunate timing for the coal industry, a massive toxic ash spill into North Carolina waters is making news while federal officials are finishing up a final rule regulating the substance for the first time, likely leading to more stringent regulations, attorneys say.

A Duke Energy pipeline breach earlier this month released as many as 82,000 tons of coal ash in the Dan River near the North Carolina-Virginia border. The incident recently caught the eye of federal prosecutors, who hit the state's environmental regulators with subpoenas...
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