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North Carolina enacted the nation's first state law regulating disposal of coal ash. The General Assembly considered the legislation after a pipe ruptured in February at a coal ash basin near Duke Energy's generating plant in Rockingham County, resulting in coal ash spilling into the Dan River. Electric cooperatives have been engaged in this discussion because a portion of the electricity they supply comes from wholesale power agreements with Duke Energy and other providers.
North Carolina has a long held reputation as America's most military-friendly state, and with good reasons. The armed forces employs more than 10 percent of North Carolina's workforce, and the military's contribution to the state's economy is nearly $24 billion.