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 ]

In memory of an inspirational leader and friend

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 | Posted by Sarah Kellogg | No Comments

Annie BrownAppalachian Voices lost a dear friend in late September with the passing of Annie Fulp Brown. Annie was a mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother. She was also a champion for her community and one of the first people in her neighborhood to speak publicly about her experience living next to the largest coal-fired power plant in North Carolina. [ More ]

Be cool and keep fighting

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 | Posted by Thom Kay | 2 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 ]

Coal ash rule reaches White House for final review

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

toxic-coal-ash-spills-photo-007 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has sent the long-awaited Coal Ash Rule to the White House for final review. But until the agency's Dec. 19 deadline, we likely won't know much about how far the final rule will go to protect communities from coal ash pollution. And that's probably just how the White House wants it. [ More ]

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

Friday, September 5th, 2014 | Posted by Guest Contributor | 2 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 ]

After last-minute compromise, N.C. legislature passes coal ash bill

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 1 Comment

906527_10152419133054084_3153136159662225319_oHowever dysfunctional, the North Carolina General Assembly always seems to come together in the end — often in literally the final hours of the legislative session. After a last-minute compromise, the North Carolina legislature passed the coal ash bill on Wednesday, but fell short of promises to protect communities in the wake of the Dan River spill. [ More ]

What do Duke Energy and a messy teenager have in common?

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Amy Adams | 1 Comment

Gfp-messy-couchDuke Energy has spent six months cleaning up its Dan River coal spill, the third worst in U.S. history, and got a whopping six percent removed. And now it says the job is done. North Carolinians should not accept this -- no less than most parents accept their teenagers' excuses to clean up their rooms. [ More ]

Hey Duke Energy – Buy a Bigger Dump Truck!

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 | Posted by Matt Wasson | 7 Comments

dumptruck Duke Energy and its army of lobbyists apparently have convinced N.C. lawmakers that it's just too expensive to clean up all of its leaking coal ash dumps. The company's argument is based on an assumption that it would take 30 years to remove the ash from JUST ONE SITE. "What??" I hear you ask incredulously. So let's take a deeper look at that ... [ More ]

As the state falters, local governments support coal ash cleanup

Friday, June 20th, 2014 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

13903637468_1b8703463d_zNorth Carolinians who live near coal ash ponds and have seen local waterways polluted are bravely speaking up about their experiences. And as state government continues to fail to hold Duke accountable for its coal ash pollution, communities are taking a stand against coal ash pollution. [ More ]

A “strict proposal” that should be stronger

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

coal1The N.C. Senate's coal ash bill would put into law what Duke Energy has already committed to: cleaning up the most high-profile coal ash sites in the state. But in its current form, the proposal gives too much sway to the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and a coal ash commission that has yet to be created. [ More ]

We’re Back: Moral Mondays return to Raleigh

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 | Posted by Roy Blumenfeld | No Comments

WP_20140519_029As the North Carolina General Assembly convenes for the 2014 short session, so too have the Moral Monday protests aimed at holding the legislature accountable for its regressive agenda. Appalachian Voices was in Raleigh this week to take part in the protest and bring attention to the policies putting the environment and our health at risk. [ More ]

Debunking Duke: Why Captain Abandon is a failed superhero

Thursday, May 15th, 2014 | Posted by Sarah Kellogg | 1 Comment

Water spills_ NC Dan 2Since the Dan River spill in February, Duke Energy has been under immense public pressure to clean up its toxic coal ash legacy without passing the cost on to their ratepayers. Rather than actually cleaning up its coal ash, however, the company is spending millions to clean up its image by launching a that claims, “We’ll do the right thing with our coal ash.” It's what the "right thing" is that remains contentious. [ More ]


 

 

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