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Equipped with diapers and bottles -- protestors from Charlotte Environmental Action dressed as babies with one message to Duke Energy this afternoon -- "Stop acting like babies and clean up the coal ash mess."

The group says that Duke Energy removing 3,000 of 36,000 tons of coal ash is not enough -- and that with Duke's recent quarterly earnings climbing 80 percent to last year's record profits of $2.7 billion -- they can afford to do more of a cleanup.

"The Dan River needs to have the proper amount of money invested for a cleanup," C.E.A. member James Tyson says. "If we don't get these things cleaned up we're going to be passing these problems along to our children and grandchildren.

"It's almost like a toddler in a play pen or just straining Legos everywhere and just refusing to clean it up. I mean, like, you made the mess. It's your mess.

Duke Energy says it has complied with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Fishing Game and the State Environmental Division.

"We've followed their instructions," Duke Energy's Tom Williams says. "When they said to stand down and continue monitoring we did that and that monitoring continues. And the water quality returned to normal just a week after the spill."

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