by: Stephanie Coueignoux Updated:
A group of North Carolina citizens, along with Greenpeace, Appalachian Voices, and NC WARN, gathered outside the State Legislative Building on Thursday morning to protest the weakened coal ash bill set for the House's final vote.
Citizens held colorful signs and posters with messages about Duke Energy in front of the legislature building.
The groups of protesters believe that the highly debated coal ash bill, SB 729, does not represent the people of North Carolina and is an effort by the speaker of the House and U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis to serve Duke Energy's interests.
Environmental groups called upon the North Carolina Legislature to strengthen the coal ash bill that will be voted on during its third reading at 9 a.m. Thursday by the House of Representatives.
The group of citizens suggests that the Senate bill endangers environmental and public health protections for all North Carolina communities located near coal ash ponds.