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Progressing coal ash management

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World Coal,

In accordance with Duke Energy’s work on identifying safe and viable options for coal ash, the company has announced that the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will conduct a comprehensive study of the coal ash recycling market and available technologies.

The study is a requirement from the N.C. Coal Ash Management Act of 12014. It will be completed by mid-2016 and will be shared with the public and organisation members of EPRI.

"We think there is opportunity here. While we're already recycling approximately half of the ash produced across the company, we want to reuse even more," commented George Hamrick, Duke Energy's Vice President of Coal Combustion Products.

Hamrick continued: "With more than 30 years of experience conducting coal ash research, EPRI is a strong scientific and technical organisation and well positioned to perform this study. Given recent state and federal coal ash regulations, this information will be important as utilities consider how to close ash basins across the nation and determine final storage and reuse solutions for the material."

Upon receiving necessary permits and approvals from state agencies, the company will remove ash from a total of 24 ash basins in the Carolinas.

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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