North Carolina voters support tougher regulations on coal ash after Duke Energy’s spill on the Dan River, according to a poll for the Sierra Club.

The poll of 600 registered voters found 70 percent would support political candidates who favor “strong regulations and enforcement” to prevent future spills.

Support for the statement ranged from 87 percent of Democrats to 69 percent of independents and 55 percent of Republicans.

The poll was conducted by Hart Research Associates, whose political division does polling for Democratic campaigns.

Ninety percent of those polled said Duke should clean up all coal ash sites in the state, and 88 percent said ash should be stored away from water in lined landfills.

Eighty-three percent said coal ash should be regulated as a hazardous substance. Bruce Henderson

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