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Gov. Pat McCrory is launching an initiative to address coal ash ponds. His plan includes converting or closing all of the state’s ash ponds and closing loopholes in regulation.

Sam Perkins of Catawba Riverkeeper says this is a big issue that needs a solution immediately.

“When you have five billion gallons of nasty chemicals and toxic substances sitting on drinking water reservoirs in these unlined pits, than I think there is a great cause for concern,” Perkins said.

James Tyson, an environmentalist, is critical of McCrory's proposal, saying it appears to be more talk, less action.

“The plan is to come up with a plan at the site. That’s not a plan at all actually,” Tyson said.

The pond sites contain hundreds of acres of coal ash. The three near charlotte are in Lake Norman, Mountain Island Lake, and Lake Wylie.

Duke Energy released a statement to us saying the following: “Duke Energy looks forward to working constructively with the governor, lawmakers and regulators to determine the best coal ash management policies for North Carolina.”

Perkins says this has been a problem in the state for years, partly because of the location of the coal ash ponds.

“When you go to these sites, they’re in rural and well-hidden areas. As large as they are, 80 feet high, in over hundreds of acres, it’s really tough to know what’s there,” he said.

The plan will go before the Environmental Review Commission next week.


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