NC Department of Environmental Quality

dan river coal ash cleanup
David Boraks / WFAE

Updated 4:53 p.m.
Duke Energy filed appeals Friday of state environmental regulators' April orders to remove coal ash at six North Carolina plants that don't already have approved cleanup plans.

Trucks move coal ash at Duke's Marshall Steam Station on Lake Norman. The company plans to cover ash in place at the plant.
David Boraks / WFAE

Updated 11 a.m.
Duke Energy says it will file an appeal soon of state regulators' orders last week that it must excavate coal ash from six coal-fired power plants in North Carolina that don't already have approved closure plans.   

North Carolina officials are resolving a complaint of environmental racism by promising tougher oversight of industrial swine operations blamed for polluting the air and water. Environmental groups had filed two civil rights complaints against the NC Department of Environmental Quality. They said the hog operations in the eastern part of the state were harming the health of minority communities.