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Duke Energy: Chatham County Agrees to Take Coal Ash Landfill for $19M

Chatham County officials have agreed not to oppose a coal ash landfill planned in their county in exchange for nearly $19 million from Duke Energy.

County officials voted 3-2 Monday to accept the payment from the Charlotte utility and said they will use the money for environmental monitoring and possibly for catastrophic insurance.

"I don't think anyone is especially happy," said County Commission Chairman Jim Crawford, who voted in favor of the deal. "This agreement gives the county a measure of control that it otherwise wouldn't have."

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