NC agency seeks injunction in coal ash case


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A state environmental agency is seeking a court injunction against a Duke Energy subsidiary over groundwater that may have been contaminated by coal ash at an Asheville power plant.

The Charlotte Observer reported (9 that Friday's filing the N.C. Division of Water Quality has taken legal action against a utility over its handling of ash. Contamination has been found near ash lagoons at 14 Duke plants in North Carolina, but natural sources could be responsible for much of it.

The water agency said high levels of thallium were found in three wells near an ash lagoon at Progress Energy Carolinas' Asheville plant. Thallium is a metal that can cause nervous system problems.

Duke said in a statement it's reviewing the filing and believes it's complied with the plant's environmental permit.

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