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"Governor McCrory Announces Appointments to Coal Ash Management Commission"

October 1, 2014

On Tuesday, Governor Pat McCrory's office announced the formation of the Coal Ash Management Commission, including Nexsen Pruet attorney Larry Cobb. See their official press release below.

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September 30, 2014 

Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory has announced his appointments to the newly formed Coal Ash Management Commission.

Earlier this month, Governor McCrory announced he would let the Coal Ash Management Act, which established the commission, become law without his signature. He said that while the bill continued the aggressive approach his administration has taken to attack the coal ash issue, constitutional, operational and funding concerns with the bill prevented him from giving the bill a full endorsement.

  • Michael T. Jacobs (Orange County) - Jacobs will serve as chair of the commission. He is a professor of finance at UNC-Chapel Hill and the founder of Jacobs Capital. Jacobs is in the seat requiring experience in economic development.
  • Herbert M. Eckerlin (Wake County) - Eckerlin is a professor and senior extension specialist at the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at N.C. State. He is in the seat requiring experience in science or engineering in the manufacturing sector.
  • Larry Cobb (Durham County) - Cobb practices in the area of utility regulatory law for Nexsen Pruet. He is a former member of both the State House and Senate. He has also served on the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Cobb is in the seat requiring expertise in determining and evaluating the costs associated with electricity generation and establishing the rates associated with electricity consumption.

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Larry Cobb practices primarily in the area of utility regulatory law. While serving in the N.C. House of Representatives and in the N.C. Senate, he was elected as Minority Leader of both bodies.  From 1989 until 1997, Cobb was a member of the N.C. Utilities Commission.