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The Latest: Duke Energy wants tainted groundwater case ended

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on a North Carolina appeals court considering whether to keep alive a lawsuit seeking to force Duke Energy Corp. to clean up groundwater contaminated by coal ash (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

A North Carolina appeals court is deciding whether to keep alive a five-year-old lawsuit trying to force Duke Energy Corp. to clean up groundwater contaminated by its coal ash pits.

The Charlotte-based electricity utility told Court of Appeals judges Thursday the lawsuit should be dismissed. Duke Energy lawyers say the company is following deadlines set by a state law, and only that law can enforce cleanup.

Conservation groups pushing the lawsuit say it adds pressure on Duke Energy to clean up groundwater pollution that's lasted for decades.

Duke admits coal ash has tainted underground water supplies, but says it has not harmed neighbors using water wells.

Duke Energy last month agreed to pay an $84,000 penalty and stop potentially toxic waste from leaking from three plant sites.

4 a.m.

A state appeals court will hear whether it should allow a five-year-old lawsuit trying to force Duke Energy Corp. to clean up groundwater contaminated by its North Carolina coal ash pits.

The Charlotte-based electricity utility argues to the Court of Appeals on Thursday that the lawsuit should be dismissed.

Duke Energy lawyers say the company is following deadlines set by a state law requiring excavation or other closure of the pits. Conservation groups pushing the case say Duke Energy is doing little on its own to clean up groundwater pollution that's lasted for decades.

One of the country's largest electricity companies last month agreed to pay an $84,000 penalty and stop potentially toxic waste at three coal-burning power plants from leaking into groundwater and nearby rivers.

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