Usually more circumspect, the Fay-O cuts loose:
In the end, Duke Energy won the Great Coal Ash War. Is anyone surprised? No, we weren't either. In a state whose governor was a longtime employee of the nation's largest utility, and whose lawmakers benefit from the company's contributions, the outcome of the battle over cleanup of Duke's 33 coal-ash impoundments was pretty predictable.
Frank Holleman, senior lawyer at the Southern Environmental Law Center, got it about right when he said, "The legislature has done what Duke Energy's lobbyists told it to do, threw thousands of public comments in the trash can, and protected Duke Energy while sacrificing the well-being of North Carolina's clean water and communities."
Like many bills that make their way through the Legislature, this one (HB630) makes modifications to previous legislation, so the bulk of the text is old news. You have to look for the struck-out and/or underlined text to see what's being changed. While lawmakers did remove the Coal Ash Commission that was the subject of McCrory's successful lawsuit and recent complaints, here's the (big) money quote in this new bill: