The chairman of the Senate Rules Committee said Tuesday that he is drafting legislation that would force Duke Energy to clean up 14 coal ash ponds around North Carolina like the one that dumped thousands of gallons of toxic sludge into the Dan River last week.
"Just letting them sit there is not the answer to the problem," said Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson.
Lawmakers, both Republicans and Democrats, have balked at legislation in years past that would have forced power companies to remove the waste from their coal ash ponds.
I am skeptical, as I watched Rachel Maddow on MSNBC do a report last night on the coal ash fiasco in the Dan River in NC. Seems DENR has refused to make Duke Energy do much of anything toward preventing or cleaning up coal ash sites in our state. Why does not Apodaca just convince the DENR folks to do their job and protect the private citizens of NC and not shield the pollutors from an investigation by the feds?