RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory has told the Coal Ash Management Commission that it no longer exists.
Multiple media outlets report that McCrory’s chief attorney has written Commission Chairman Michael Jacobs to tell him the group has been disbanded.
McCrory acted after a North Carolina Supreme Court decision said the commission was improperly formed. The court said legislative control of commission appointments violated the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branch.
The governor said the Division of Environmental Quality will take over supervision of the coal ash cleanup. The agency is under the governor’s control.
McCrory had challenged lawmakers’ creation of the commission.
Jacobs would not talk about the governor’s action.
It was not clear what lawmakers would do about McCrory’s action.