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Prosecutors File New Subpoenas Over NC Coal Ash

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:15am
MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have served North Carolina's environmental agency with more subpoenas seeking documents and commanding more than a dozen state employees to testify before a grand jury, all part of a broadening criminal investigation launched in the wake of a massive coal ash spill.

The subpoenas made public by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Wednesday are dated Feb. 11, the day after two other subpoenas were issued to the state agency and Duke Energy. The new subpoenas seek documents related to the agency's regulation of Duke's coal ash dumps before the Feb. 2 spill, which coated the bottom of the Dan River with toxic ash up to 70 miles downstream.

Duke has declined to share copies of any subpoenas it received.

 

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