Two Steps Forward, One Step Back on Coal Ash in N.C.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

North Carolina communities impacted by coal ash celebrated two positive strides forward recently, only to be disappointed by another fast move on the part of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and Duke Energy that keeps too many citizens in limbo in terms of resolving polluted drinking water. [ More ]

NCDENR needs to step up

Friday, September 18th, 2015 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

Since the Dan River coal ash catastrophe of February 2014, there’s been more foot-dragging than problem-solving by Duke Energy and DENR to solve the state’s coal ash crisis. But citizens like Amy Brown are keeping the pressure on, and Appalachian Voices is right there with them. [ More ]

DENR is a “BOOR”

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources is acting like--to use its own term--a "bureaucratic object of resistance." The agency's creative interpretation of its mission statement is just one reflection of the McCrory administration’s broader hostility to the notion that public servants have a responsibility to protect the natural resources and therefore the public health and welfare of the Tar Heel state. [ More ]

Coal Ash: It’s not just toxic, it’s radioactive!

Friday, September 4th, 2015 | Posted by Sarah Kellogg | 1 Comment

This week, a study conducted by Duke University was published in "Environmental Science and Technology" which concluded that coal ash is more radioactive than its parent coal or soil, and that the radioactivity may exceed safe levels for human exposure. [ More ]

VIDEO: “Contaminated, But Smart!”- Duke Energy’s New Coal Ash Assessment

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 | Posted by Sarah Kellogg | No Comments

On Monday evening, Duke Energy released the executive statement from its study assessing groundwater contamination at two of its largest coal ash sites in North Carolina. Unsurprisingly, Duke Energy’s findings suggest it is not responsible for the contamination found in the drinking water wells of over 200 households within 1,000 feet of the company’s coal ash dumps. [ More ]

Eliminating poverty housing with efficient and alternative energy use

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 | Posted by Eliza Laubach | 1 Comment

When North Carolina’s Ashe County Habitat for Humanity formed five years ago, seven people came together to study how to best build a home. They made a commitment not only to affordability, but also to energy savings, and the board voted to build all Ashe County Habitat houses to maximize efficiency and place an emphasis on alternative forms of energy. [ More ]

Turning down the heat: A collaborative effort to reduce energy bills

Friday, July 10th, 2015 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

Extreme temperatures can send electric utility bills skyrocketing across most of North Carolina and place high demands on the state’s electric utility infrastructure. Fortunately, proven models exist that expand access to financing for energy efficiency improvements for everybody, including those who may not qualify for loans under traditional underwriting criteria. [ More ]

“It’s just vitamins!” Industry confuses residents on coal ash safety

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 | Posted by Sandra Diaz | 2 Comments

Duke Energy and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources continue to confound and confuse families that have the unfortunate luck of living in close proximity to the utility’s coal ash lagoons. So citizens and county officials are stepping in to help residents air their frustrations and, hopefully, to receive some answers. [ More ]

Duke expands coal ash cleanup, but leaves N.C. communities in danger

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

12311876586_dd088acae8_zDuke Energy announced it plans to excavate coal ash from ponds at three power plant sites in North Carolina, along with two more at its South Carolina facilities. But the fates of several sites that pose significant threats to drinking water and surrounding communities remain unclear. [ More ]

High Country residents speak up to save energy

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Amy Kelly | No Comments

BRE CEO 2Appalachian Voices joined with numerous others this month in asking Blue Ridge Electric co-op to help its members save money and make their homes healthier and more comfortable by financing home energy-efficiency improvements. At the co-op’s annual meeting, CEO Doug Johnson said his team is considering offering debt-free financing for upgrades including home weatherization. [ More ]

Video illustrates need for energy efficiency in the High Country

Friday, June 19th, 2015 | Posted by Eliza Laubach | No Comments

16365617920_c4714ff016_bIn the mountainous northwestern corner of North Carolina, many residents struggle to afford to heat their homes, especially during the region's long, harsh winters. As part of our High Country Energy Savings campaign, we produced a video featuring the three winners of our High Country Home Energy Makeover contest that provides a glimpse of their experiences with high energy bills and the benefits of greater energy efficiency. [ More ]

Solidarity in the Tar Heel State

Monday, June 1st, 2015 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

naacp-amyThe communities near Duke Energy's Belews Creek power plant and coal-ash dump in North Carolina have suffered a long time from water pollution. Now the state is poised to allow the natural gas industry to drill fracking wells nearby. Citizens are saying "enough." The NAACP announced a civil rights investigation at a recent press conference and took its protest to the state capitol at a "Moral Monday" rally. Appalachian Voices is standing in solidarity with these champions for environmental justice. [ More ]



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