State Sen. Tom Apodaca told the Mills River Town Council Thursday night that he and legislators are on a third draft of a bill that will be immediately introduced when the North Carolina General Assembly returns to session on May 14, according to the Hendersonville Times-News.
Apodaca, R-Henderson, said he wanted to give the council an update on the removal of coal ash at Duke Energy’s Lake Julian plant.
Apodaca said “What this bill does do is that it mandates that Lake Julian and Cliffside, which are the two active coal plants still on the grid for Duke Energy, that those ponds would be closed and removed within five years,” Apodaca said. “We may come back on that (the time frame). We’re trying to get a realistic look at how quickly we can get it done, from the permitting process to the actual removal of the wet coal ash ponds.”
Apodaca noted that the bill wouldn’t allow wet coal ash to be kept on site or be used for fill somewhere else.