City staff members have proposed a land swap with Duke Energy to dispose of the 4.7 million tons of coal ash perched near the citys water supply.
The swap would exchange 140 acres of city land for a Duke-owned tract near Charlotte Douglas International Airports long-term parking, city staff told members of City Councils environment committee Wednesday.
Forty acres of the city land is in a runway protection zone that cant be developed.
Duke is considering the offer, which would fit with the airports long-range plans, staff members said. The swap would need approval by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The new development follows the citys earlier conclusion that Dukes initial proposal burying the ash under an airport airfield was too risky. That solution would have saved the airport $30 million in developing a fourth runway.
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