In a very small article, Bill Moss at the Hendersonville Lightning illustrates private-public partnering in so many ways. Last year, Senator Tom Apodaca (R-Hendersonville) collaborated on making North Carolina’s coal ash mitigation standards the strictest in the country, demanding the closure of all ponds. This year, Apodaca sponsored legislation that would give Duke more time to close its coal ash ponds and get an expedited regulatory review for its proposed natural gas/solar plant. The way I read the article, the whole idea to convert the plant’s source of power originated with Apodaca.