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Groups Call on Governor Cooper to Pull the Brakes on Wood Pellet Industry in North Carolina

The Concerned Citizens of Richmond County and Dogwood Alliance joined with faith, justice, health and science leaders to call on North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to stop the continued growth of the wood pellet industry in the state.  The groups held a press conference to share a letter signed by over 50 NC organizations and a petition from over 10,000 people asking the Governor to revoke a flawed air permit granted to Enviva, the world’s largest wood pellet manufacturer. Community members opposing Enviva hand-delivered the petitions and letter to the offices of Governor Cooper and NC DEQ following the event.



EPA Partners with North Carolina to Protect Drinking Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $3,042,000 to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) to implement and enforce the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The award was made under the Public Water System Supervision program and will go toward NCDEQ’s oversight of the 5,677 public water systems serving approximately nine million people. 


Giant Rate Hike by Duke Energy Must Be Openly Debated, NC WARN tells Regulators and Attorney General

NC WARN is urging state regulators to break their pattern of settling rate cases and mergers with Duke Energy behind closed doors.  The long-running practice undercuts the public wellbeing and gives the utility exactly what it really wants – covered by a thin pretense of regulatory oversight.  We are also calling on Attorney General Josh Stein not to be drawn into backroom negotiations, and instead to stand up for the public against allowing Duke’s attempt to recover billions in coal ash clean-up costs that were caused by its executives’ illegal actions. 



EPA Stalls on Toxins in Drinking Water from Coal Ash Ruling

Comments by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of twenty-eight conservation groups regarding EPA’s proposal to postpone important protections for communities and their drinking water supplies from toxic metals in coal ash pollution following a March 24, 2017 request by lobbyists representing utilities notorious for their mishandling of toxic-laden coal ash are available here.


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