RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory won’t say how he plans to handle a proposed new law regulating Duke Energy’s toxic coal ash pit that he’s suggested includes an unconstitutional provision.
McCrory would only say Tuesday that he’ll announce his decision soon. The deadline is next week for McCrory to sign the legislation into law, let it take effect without his approval, or veto the measure and let lawmakers decide whether to override him.
McCrory is required to uphold the state constitution but said last month he will likely sign the coal ash bill and possibly file a lawsuit later challenging one part. That provision lets legislative leaders appoint a majority of the members on a new oversight commission.
McCrory says he should lead environmental enforcement as the state’s chief executive.