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Committee looks into beneficial uses of coal ash

CHARLOTTE (AP) — The chairman of a North Carolina environmental committee says they are looking at beneficial uses for millions of tons of coal ash being stored in waste pits.

Members of the panel and guest speakers said at Monday’s meeting in Charlotte that there is a history of using coal ash for beneficial purposes like road construction and concrete.

The state’s new coal ash law places a moratorium until August on new fills using ash, except for road construction.

Duke Energy stores coal ash in waste pits at 14 power plants in North Carolina, including the plant where tons of ash spilled into the Dan River in February.

Committee chairman Bob Rubin says the goal is to safely use coal ash, which contains toxic chemicals. His committee will make recommendation to lawmakers

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