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Mooresville local Susan Wind and Duke University professor Avner Vengosh will testify at an EPA hearing on the potential rollback coal ash regulations in Virginia on Wednesday.

The EPA is holding a public hearing in Arlington regarding proposed rollbacks of regulations for coal ash storage and projects using the substance as fill.

Last year, a coal ash fill was uncovered near Lake Norman High School by construction and erosion caused by Hurricane Florence. Mooresville has 14 coal ash fills along Highway 150.

The EPA “wants to go back to before 2015 and let the coal ash be used all over town again,” Wind said via email.

Duke Energy representative Bill Norton said the company was focused on using ash in ways that keep it from the public like recycling it in concrete, so they are unconcerned with the public hearing or the potential rollbacks.

Wind raised $100,000 to fund research of a cancer cluster in the 28115 and 28117 ZIP codes after her teenage daughter was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. One of the professors working on the project is Vengosh.

“Until they can prove that this coal ash did not impact ANYONE’s health, we can’t move on,” Wind said. “Parents should NOT have to do this work.”

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