A year after one of North Carolina's biggest energy disasters – a collapsed stormwater pipe that spilled nearly 40,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River – environmentalists, lawmakers and energy company officials still can't figure out how to handle more than 150 million tons of coal ash stored across the state. Concrete industry professionals see it as an opportunity.

[Henry Batten, CEO of Concrete Supply Company based in Charlotte, N.C., says his] operation uses about 250,000 tons of coal ash every year, but he said only about 10 percent of his supply is coming from North Carolina. In fact, he said the shortage is nationwide.

"It drives me insane," Batten said. "I'm buying it from five states. North Carolina is one, but the lowest amount I get is from North Carolina.

"The whole industry is struggling in the entire southeast, there's a huge market that's not being met."

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