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Court ruling postpones coal ash meeting in Charlotte

Amy Adams, North Carolina campaign coordinator with Appalachian Voices, shows her hand covered with wet coal ash from the Dan River swirling in the background as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the river in Danville, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.
Amy Adams, North Carolina campaign coordinator with Appalachian Voices, shows her hand covered with wet coal ash from the Dan River swirling in the background as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the river in Danville, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. AP

This week’s court ruling on state appointment powers has forced a cancellation of Friday’s scheduled meeting in Charlotte of the Coal Ash Management Commission.

The commission was part of a legal challenge by Gov. Pat McCrory and two predecessors that contended the General Assembly usurped its powers by appointing members to commissions with executive functions.

On Monday, a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the governors. The case is expected to be appealed to the N.C. Supreme Court.

Attorneys for the governor and the legislature were scrambling to determine the scope of Monday’s ruling, which is also delaying appointments to various posts.

A spokeswoman for the commission said the meeting was postponed “due to uncertainties raised by the Superior Court decision earlier this week.”

She said future meetings will take place when the court ruling is clarified.

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