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State and local officials will hold a community meeting Thursday, May 9, to give updates on efforts related to higher-than-normal rates of thyroid cancer in southern Iredell County and on “the regulation of coal ash facilities.”

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at South Iredell High School. The program will include presentations from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, and researchers from Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill, the Iredell County Health Department said in an announcement.

Citizens will have an opportunity to ask questions related to the two topics.

Those planning to attend are encouraged to reserve a seat by registering at thyroidandcoalash.eventbrite.com. On-site registration will begin at 5 p.m. for additional seating on a first come-first seated basis, the health department said.

Duke Energy is appealing a state order to remove all coal ash from basins at nine of its facilities in North Carolina, including the Marshall Steam Station on Lake Norman.

A recent report by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services acknowledged concerns in Iredell County “about the possible contribution of other chemicals to rates of thyroid cancer, particularly those related to coal ash.”

However, the report noted that it found no research or scientific literature linking thyroid cancer and coal ash.

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