Apologies for the Dan River spill, guilt for coal ash crimes

Thursday, February 26th, 2015 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

Dan RiverDuke Energy likes to use a tagline about how, for more than 100 years, it has provided affordable, reliable electricity to its customers "at the flip of a switch." But a year after the Dan River spill, Duke seems to accept that coal ash pollution has its own chapter in the company’s corporate story. Now, facing federal criminal charges, Duke will pay for its crimes. [ More ]

Criminal charges filed against Duke Energy

Friday, February 20th, 2015 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 5 Comments

12311876586_dd088acae8_zThe U.S. Department of Justice has filed criminal charges against Duke Energy for violating the federal Clean Water Act at coal ash sites across North Carolina. The company announced today that it has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors to resolve the charges that includes $102.2 million for fines and mitigation. [ More ]

Meet Zach Dixon, grand prize winner of the home energy makeover contest

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 | Posted by Eliza Laubach | No Comments

Zach Dixon, a resident of Boone, N.C., and the grand prize winner of Appalachian Voices' High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest heats his house with space heaters, and chronically struggles to pay his electricity bills. With help from many partners around the High Country, we're working to change that. [ More ]

Danger still looms over the Dan River

Monday, February 9th, 2015 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

amy-rally-speachIn the wake of the Dan River coal ash spill, which spewed 39,000 tons of the toxic waste into the scenic river, much attention has been given to the problems of leaky, unlined coal ash pits across North Carolina. What hasn't received adequate attention is another menacing threat just upstream from the site of last year's spill. [ More ]

The will against poverty: ASU students serve in rural Appalachia

Friday, February 6th, 2015 | Posted by Jaimie McGirt | No Comments

Jaimie1 Jan. 19 marked the twentieth year since President Clinton passed legislation to encourage Americans to volunteer on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Appalachian State University has recognized the day the with the MLK Challenge for sixteen years. Having participated in the challenge as a student, I couldn’t help but want to participate again. But I never knew I would be spelunking in a dusty crawlspace. [ More ]

Today, I prayed we #kickcoalash

Monday, February 2nd, 2015 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

belewsGuest Contributor Caroline Rutledge Armijo: On Sunday, Residents for Coal Ash Clean Up met on Belews Lake, overlooking the smokestacks at Duke Energy's Belews Steam Station in Stokes County, N.C. Today marks the one year anniversary of the coal ash spill into the Dan River, the third largest coal ash spill in our nation’s history but likely a drop in the bucket of what would happen if there was a spill at Belews Creek. [ More ]

Our Energy Savings campaign is heating up in the High Country

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

zachary_dixon_and_rory_mcilmoil Back in October we launched the High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest as part of our campaign to motivate Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp. to offer an on-bill financing program for their members in western North Carolina. We solicited enough support to pay for energy efficiency retrofits for three Blue Ridge Electric members. Read on to meet the contest winners. [ More ]

Decent news for N.C. solar power

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

According to a report by Environment North Carolina, the state ranks fourth nationally for installed photovoltaic solar power in 2013. The N.C. Utilities Commission's decision to renew a set of rules governing the contracts between electric utilities and independent power producers allows the state's solar developers to begin the new year on steady footing. [ More ]

Fracking and pipelines threaten Appalachia

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 | Posted by Cat McCue | 1 Comment

fracking_well_by_terry_wild_lesscroppedThe natural gas industry has overwhelmed scores of communities across the country, building miles of new pipelines and erecting huge drilling rigs. Appalachian Voices today launched web pages about efforts to open North Carolina to fracking and proposals to build natural gas pipelines through several Appalachian states, and the growing citizen movement to shift to cleaner energy. [ More ]

A silver lining in EPA’s Coal Ash Rule

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 | Posted by Amy Adams | 3 Comments

epa coal ash ruleThe long-awaited, first-ever federal rule for regulating toxic coal ash--the second largest waste stream in the U.S.-- was released before the holidays. Appalachian Voices dives into the 700+-page rule and finds, yes, a number of problems, but lo ... some bright spots, too. [ More ]

EPA finalizes long-awaited coal ash regulations

Friday, December 19th, 2014 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 1 Comment

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 ]


 

 

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