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Duke Energy contributes $1M to protect wetlands

(AP) Duke Energy will resolve a federal lawsuit by contributing $1 million to protect the lower Cape Fear River, Sutton Lake near Wilmington and some wetlands.

Duke will match up to $250,000 contributed by other sources to the newly created Cape Fear River Restoration and Preservation Fund.

A Superior Court judge ordered Duke earlier this year to remove coal ash from its retired Sutton power plant near Wilmington. The judge had left open advocates’ claims in federal court that Sutton Lake had been contaminated by ash.

The resolution of the lawsuit means advocates have settled litigation about eight of Duke’s 14 coal-fired power plants in North Carolina.

The Southern Environmental Law Center said unresolved cases involve Duke’s Mayor, Roxboro, Belews Creek, Cliffside, Marshall and Allen plants.

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