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North Carolina House approves coal ash bill

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A bill telling Duke Energy how to clean up its coal ash sites throughout North Carolina has tentatively passed the North Carolina House.

The bill cleared two committees Wednesday and was debated for more than four hours with 21 amendments on the House floor.

The House version requires high-risk dam owners to have an emergency action plan and rolls back by three months the expiration date for a moratorium on rate changes for Duke Energy to December 31, 2016.

The plan approved by the Senate last week also orders Duke Energy to close its coal ash dumps at 14 sites by 2029, but the House version allows for leeway on the deadline.

The House will take a final vote on the bill on Thursday, with an opportunity for more changes.

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