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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says he will likely sign a coal ash cleanup bill approved last week by the North Carolina Legislature into law, even though he suggested a key provision violates the state Constitution.

McCrory spoke in a televised interview aired Sunday on the syndicated political talk show NC SPIN. The Republican governor said he may file a lawsuit challenging the establishment of a new coal ash commission to oversee removal or capping of coal ash at 33 open-air dumps operated by Duke Energy.

Under the bill, leaders in the GOP-controlled state House and Senate will appoint a majority of the members on the new nine-member board. McCrory said that as the state’s chief executive, he should oversee enforcement of environmental regulations.

McCrory retired after 29 years working at Duke.

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