RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The country’s largest electric company is publishing federally mandated maps that it previously refused to publish, showing what could happen to neighboring properties if a coal-ash pit burst.
Duke Energy Corp. said Friday it will now post online the maps and emergency responder contact information. The Charlotte-based electric utility said it’s changing course after reviewing how other utilities complied with a two-year-old U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule requiring the maps showing what could be covered by coal-ash in a disaster.
Two environmental advocacy groups had said Wednesday they planned a lawsuit to force disclosure of the information withheld for more than a dozen Duke Energy sites in Indiana, Kentucky and North Carolina. The groups said Duke Energy was the country’s only electric utility not providing the dam safety information.
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