Coal ash likely entering North Carolina river, environmentalists say

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Coal ash is likely entering the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, North Carolina, environmentalists said Friday. Rising water in the area, due to heavy rain and storm surge from Hurricane Florence, is still a problem.

Duke Energy confirmed breaches to a cooling lake dam at its L.V. Sutton plant in Wilmington, although it said coal ash — industrial waste created by coal-burning power plants — is probably not moving into the river.

The state has been closely monitoring...

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