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Gaston Co. wells show no ash contamination

Tests of four private water wells near Duke Energy’s Allen power plant in Gaston County show no contamination above state limits, N.C. officials say.

Duke faces lawsuits over coal-ash pollution from North Carolina regulators and environmental advocates, the Observer reported in November. Results of state tests of four wells on Belmont’s South Point Drive and South Point Road, all near a coal-ash pond at the Allen plant, had not been reported at that time.

Duke has agreed to pay up to $1.8 million for a water line in the path of groundwater contamination in Wilmington. State officials also ordered Duke to supply water to an Asheville-area home whose well was apparently tainted by ash from the power plant there.

Henderson: 704-358-5051; Twitter: @bhender
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