HB 630: Drinking Water Protection/Coal Ash Cleanup Act

The Votes

Voting For:

SENATE: Tom Apodaca (R),Warren Daniel (R), Jim Davis (R) Ralph Hise (R) Terry Van Duyn (D)

HOUSE: Hugh Blackwell (R), Josh Dobson (R), Mike Hagar (R), Michele Presnell (R), Roger West (R), Chris Whitmire (R) 

Voting Against:

HOUSE: Chuck McGrady (R), Jonathan Jordan (R), John Ager (D), Susan Fisher (D), Joe Sam Queen (D), Brian Turner (D)

Not Voting:

none

Summary: The bill eliminates the state’s Coal Ash Commission and requires Duke Energy to provide drinking water either through water lines or filtration systems to residents within a half-mile of the coal ash pits and others if residents can show coal ash is contaminating their water. Once Duke Energy has provided the water lines or filtration systems to local residents and can certify that it has fixed leaks or problems with dams at a coal ash site, DEQ is required to reclassify the site as low risk rather than re-asses the site using criteria in the original Coal Ash Management Act.  A low risk designation could allow Duke to cap the site and leave the coal ash in place in unlined basins to continue to pollute groundwater.   Click here for official bill history, bill text, and vote records.

Status: 04/13/2015 House Filed House Ref To Com On Environment, Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate, Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House 07/01/2016  Ratified,  Signed by Gov. 7/14/2016 

WNC Legislators sponsoring the bill: 

  • none