North Carolina judge denies secrecy motion in trial over coal ash spill

Judge rejects Duke Energy’s request to shield records
Crack in a dam caused sludge to cover 70 miles of river

A North Carolina judge on Friday denied Duke Energy’s motion seeking to shield records related to groundwater pollution leeching from 33 coal ash dumps in the state while a separate federal criminal investigation is ongoing.

Superior court judge Paul Ridgeway’s ruling came after Duke defense lawyer Jim Cooney scaled back the company’s request to restrict access to documents in a civil case filed last year by state regulators over environmental violations.

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