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Coal ash is the waste that remains when coal is burned. It is usually collected in a dump, known as a pond. North Carolina has more than 30 such sites in 14 different locations across the state. A pipe running under one of the ponds run by Duke Energy in Eden NC ruptured in February of 2014. The coal ash spilled, largely affecting the Dan River which flows into Virginia. The spill is the third largest of its kind in U.S. history.Many see potential complications because North Carolina's governor, Pat McCrory, worked for Duke Energy for 28 years.

Friday Journalist Roundtable

The cleanup for the 2008 Tennessee coal ash disaster. Image taken March 2012.
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Duke Energy’s North Carolina CEO told lawmakers this week that addressing the disposal of coal ash at the 33 ponds across this state could take years. He said the proposal to move the waste to lined sites could cost up to 10 billion dollars. Environmentalists say the issue must be addressed immediately. Host Frank Stasio talks with a journalist roundtable about the latest on coal ash, other environmental issues and Moogfest. 

Panelists include: Jon Elliston, investigative reporter for Carolina Public Press; Carol Motsinger, reporter for the Asheville Citizen-Times and Greta Johnsen, Morning Edition host and reporter for WCQS.

Check out Jon's investigative report on the closing of an abortion clinic in Western North Carolina. His work reveals the public relations communications by DHHS around the closing of the clinic.

Carol's coverage highlights the diverse range of music and panels at Moogfest. And Greta focuses on who comes to Moogfest. (Hint, nerds welcome!)

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