Senate spokeswoman: Coal ash veto override vote unlikely


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislative leaders have backed off — at least for now — trying to override Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of a bill that reinstitutes a state coal ash commission and sets a timeline to get piped drinking water to people living near ash pits.

A spokeswoman for Senate leader Phil Berger said Thursday an override vote was unlikely and that efforts were being made toward a resolution with the governor that, in part, would avoid more litigation.

The comments from spokeswoman Shelly Carver came in response to questions about a Wednesday meeting between Senate leaders and company representatives — including Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good.

McCrory vetoed the legislation Monday. The bill initially cleared the General Assembly by what looked like veto-proof margins.

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