A new poll commissioned by the NC League of Conservation Voters finds the vast majority of North Carolinians want state lawmakers to take swift and forceful action requiring Duke Energy to clean up all of its toxic coal ash lagoons around North Carolina.
Among the other key findings:
– 9 out of 10 North Carolinians have heard about the February 2nd Dan River coal ash spill
– 93% of voters want state lawmakers to force Duke Energy to clean up the Dan River;
– 83% want lawmakers to make Duke clean up all their other coal ash sites and move the material to safe and secure containment facilities;
– 81% say lawmakers should “act now” compared to 15% who favored studying the issue more before taking any action; and
– 77% say they are more likely to vote for a state lawmaker that “gets tough with corporate polluters like Duke Energy.”
“The people have spoken and they demand swift and forceful action from our state lawmakers to require Duke Energy to clean up its mess,” said Dan Crawford, director of governmental relations for NCLCV. “While another disaster is just waiting to happen, Gov. McCrory and state legislators should not wait any longer to take the necessary steps to ensure these coal ash sites are cleaned up immediately.”
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