EPA finalizes long-awaited coal ash regulations

Friday, December 19th, 2014 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

DanRiver_ashpond The day we've been waiting for has finally come. No, not Friday -- the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to release its long-awaited coal ash rule. But, as expected, the EPA's new rule does not go far enough to truly fix the major pollution problems associated with coal ash including contamination of waterways and drinking water supplies. [ More ]

Coal ash cleanup still contested in North Carolina

Friday, December 5th, 2014 | Posted by Sarah Kellogg | 1 Comment

12311876586_dd088acae8_zAs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency puts the final touches on the first-ever federal regulation of coal ash, North Carolina's response to the Dan River spill is still hotly contested and new controversies about the best ways to clean up coal ash are beginning to emerge. [ More ]

DENR deserves an environmental leader to replace John Skvarla

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

johnSkvarlaLargeAfter a tumultuous two years as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, John Skvarla is stepping over to lead the state’s Commerce Department. No word from Gov. Pat McCrory on who will replace Skvarla yet, but here’s to hoping his successor is the environmental leader DENR deserves and North Carolina desperately needs. [ More ]

N.C.’s Sutton Lake finally gets the protection it deserves

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 | Posted by Jaimie McGirt | No Comments

Cape Fear River photograph by Jaimie McGirt Wilmington, N.C., is the site of the L.V. Sutton Power Station — a retired coal-fired power plant operated by Duke Energy along the Lower Cape Fear River. Though Duke recently converted Sutton to burn natural gas, the carcinogenic-laden waste generated from decades of coal combustion remains in 135 acres on site. But this one lake, at least, is one of the few slated for cleanup in the state, while the future of 10 other sites remains a question. [ More ]

Weak fracking rules pass in N.C.

Monday, November 17th, 2014 | Posted by Sarah Kellogg | No Comments

keep_nc_frack_free2 The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission issued their final vote on proposed changes to the rules regulating the process of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas last Friday, voting unanimously to approve the rule set. Despite the outpouring of public comments requesting stronger rules, almost all of the commission's changes fell short of what the public overwhelmingly asked for, and the few changes that strengthen the rules only minimally do so. [ More ]

Be cool and keep fighting

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 | Posted by Thom Kay | 3 Comments

15339824261_284508c1c6_hFor the next couple of days, you’ll have a hard time looking at anything online or on TV that doesn’t try to break down the midterm elections. Most pundits will analyze what happened, and some will try to tell you what it all means. Whatever that is, the job before us has not changed, and our responsibilities to Appalachia are the same today as they were yesterday and will be tomorrow. [ More ]

Upgrade to Save? Sounds like a good idea to us!

Friday, October 24th, 2014 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

bigstock-Energy-saving-with-greenThrough its brand new program, Upgrade to $ave, Roanoke Electric Cooperative is offering its members on-bill financing for home energy efficiency improvements. The program is made possible by a $6 million loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program. [ More ]

North Carolinians speak out against fracking: Are elected officials listening?

Monday, October 20th, 2014 | Posted by Sarah Kellogg | 1 Comment

15538027402_3a1d57e7ca_z More than two dozen environmental and social justice groups came together in Raleigh last week to hand deliver 59,500 petition signatures to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, calling on elected officials to reinstate the ban on fracking in the state. Clearly, thousands of North Carolinians don't want to see fracking in North Carolina, the question is: are our elected officials listening to us? [ More ]

Corporate windfall lets N.C. utilities charge customers under outdated tax rate

Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 1 Comment

9068479979_3023eb4546_zThe North Carolina Utilities Commission (somehow) decided that even though the legislature cut North Carolina’s corporate income tax rate from 6.9 percent to 5 percent last year, Duke Energy and other public utilities can continue charging customers at 6.9 percent and pocket the difference. Meanwhile, for three consecutive quarters, Duke has received a larger rate of return than authorized by state regulators, or in this case, the utilities commission. [ More ]

Community members gather for Blue Ridge energy efficiency kick-off

Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | Posted by Eliza Laubach | No Comments

photo 1-2Did you miss the party? Last Thursday, Energy Savings for Appalachia hosted a launch party for our new campaign focusing on Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp. Energy efficiency advocates and residents facing high energy costs gathered in our downtown Boone office to hear about the campaign and how they can get involved in our outreach efforts. [ More ]

Hundreds of North Carolinians attend final fracking hearing

Monday, September 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Sarah Kellogg | 1 Comment

15238219976_89492b773e_oEarlier this month, concerned citizens gathered in Cullowhee, N.C., for the fourth and final hearing on rules drafted to regulate hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the state. Throughout the series of hearings that began last month, it has been clear that North Carolinians overwhelmingly oppose the practice, and if the state's rush to begin fracking can't be completely stopped, the regulations must be stronger. [ More ]

About gray matter: One artist’s experience with the health impacts of coal ash

Friday, September 5th, 2014 | Posted by Guest Contributor | 3 Comments

carolinewithkidsResidents of the Belews Creek community of Stokes County, N.C., have been speaking out about the serious health threat from the nearby massive coal ash pit, which is the largest in the state. Artist Caroline Armijo, who has seen too many of her friends and neighbors die from cancer, is one of them. [ More ]


 

 

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