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Protesters rally in Raleigh for stricter regulations on Duke Energy

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Protesters rally outside the Executive Mansion to demand stricter regulations on Duke Energy. (Michael Barnard, WNCN) Protesters rally outside the Executive Mansion to demand stricter regulations on Duke Energy. (Michael Barnard, WNCN)
Protesters rally outside the Executive Mansion to demand stricter regulations on Duke Energy. (Michael Barnard, WNCN) Protesters rally outside the Executive Mansion to demand stricter regulations on Duke Energy. (Michael Barnard, WNCN)
North Carolina NAACP president Rev. William Barner speaks at a rally outside the Executive Mansion to demand stricter regulations on Duke Energy. (Michael Barnard, WNCN) North Carolina NAACP president Rev. William Barner speaks at a rally outside the Executive Mansion to demand stricter regulations on Duke Energy. (Michael Barnard, WNCN)
Protesters rally outside the Executive Mansion to demand stricter regulations on Duke Energy. (Michael Barnard, WNCN) Protesters rally outside the Executive Mansion to demand stricter regulations on Duke Energy. (Michael Barnard, WNCN)
RALEIGH, N.C. -

A group of protesters rallied outside the Executive Mansion in Raleigh Wednesday to demand stricter regulations on Duke Energy.

The protesters, organized by Progress NC Action, demanded that Gov. Pat McCrory "come clean on the coal ash spill and his own personal financial ties to Duke Energy."

Gov. Pat McCrory worked for Duke Energy for 28 years, but he insists he is being tough on the power company responsible for a massive coal ash spill into the Dan River.

On Feb. 2, a pipe running under a coal ash pond collapsed at Duke's Dan River Steam Station in Eden, coating the bottom of the Dan River with toxic ash up to 70 miles downstream.

Speaking to the crowd of about 100 protesters, North Carolina NAACP president Rev. William Barber said the spill isn't just an ecological disaster but also a sin. He also said the NAACP will hold a Moral Monday on March 17 in Eden along the river.

At an event in Greensboro on Tuesday, McCrory demanded Duke Energy find a way to move the coal ash ponds away from waterways.

State officials said Duke has successfully contained "about 90 percent" of the flow from a second pipe at the dump spewing arsenic-laced groundwater into the river.

Public health officials have advised residents not to touch the river water or eat the fish.

A federal investigation has been launched against the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the state agency in charge of energy regulation. A grand jury will begin its probe later this month.

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