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"Coal ash cupcakes" were delivered to the offices of legislators as advocates tried to meet with their representatives. "Coal ash cupcakes" were delivered to the offices of legislators as advocates tried to meet with their representatives.
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RALEIGH, N.C. - As the coal ash controversy continues in North Carolina, coalition groups are speaking out - and on Wednesday, they had a interesting way of getting their message across.

Groups with NC Warn, Greenpeace, and Appalachian Voices spent Wednesday morning attempting to deliver what they call “coal ash cupcakes” to 170 state legislators.

As part of a rally Wednesday, "coal ash cupcakes" were delivered to the offices of legislators as advocates tried to meet with their representatives. The cupcakes did not include any actual coal ash, which contains such toxic chemicals as arsenic, mercury and lead.

“There is no coal ash in them,” said Manju Rajendran, Community Organizer with NC WARN. “There are actually delicious ingredients in there like chocolate and Oreo's, but they kind of look like coal ash. With this wholesome treat we are encouraging our lawmakers to not accept any sweetheart deals from Duke Energy, but really make the right choice and choose a comprehensive clean up."

The coal ash spill from a Duke plant in February coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge.

The Environmental Protection Agency and Duke Energy recently signed an agreement on the cleanup effort. Under that, Duke will have to pay the EPA back for oversight costs.

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Shumuriel Ratliff

Shumuriel, a North Carolina native, is thrilled to be back in the Tar Heel state as a general assignment reporter for WNCN.
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