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Southern Research Institute Wins $1.5 Million Dept. of Energy Award to Economically Produce Liquid Fuels from Coal and Biomass Mixtures

Research could make new alternative coal fuel processes more environmentally and economically competitive with petroleum-based processes

Southern Research Institute announced it has entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Dept. of Energy to test an innovative method for producing liquid transportation fuels from coal and biomass thereby improving the economics and lifecycle impacts of coal-to-liquid (CTL) and coal-biomass-to-liquid (CBTL) processes. The novel approach eliminates the typical Fischer-Tropsch (FT) product upgrading and refining steps and enhances the ability of CTL and CBTL processes to compete with petroleum-based processes.


Camp Lejeune’s Groundbreaking Solar Surge

There was a time when solar panels and renewable energy were considered somewhat fanciful solutions, more appropriate for the hippy communes of California than the military bases of Eastern North Carolina. But that reality is shifting, and the shift is only partially related to a desire to protect our ecosystems.


Duke-Progress Merger Contested in NC Court of Appeals

Regulators shielded Duke from explaining the customer impacts of five (5) billion-dollar boondoggles, says watchdog group

NC WARN filed notice with the NC Court of Appeals that it is challenging the NC Utilities Commission’s approval of the merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy, which created the largest US electric utility. We are alleging numerous errors in the Commission’s process and its end result, and are seeking to revoke or modify the merger so that Duke’s management and stockholders – not its customers – bear the costs of its corporate mistakes and secret deal-making.


Groups go to court to stop groundwater contamination from coal waste at 14 facilities across North Carolina

Conservation groups went to court in an effort to protect North Carolina communities and groundwater from toxic coal ash contamination at 14 coal-fired power plants across the state.  The lawsuit seeks to vindicate a North Carolina law—currently unenforced by the state—that requires industrial polluters to stop groundwater contamination and cleanup at these outdated coal ash ponds.

“Twenty years ago, North Carolina required utilities to take immediate action to stop groundwater contamination from these outdated facilities,” said DJ Gerken, a senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center who represents the groups in today’s filing. “Thanks to the state’s misapplication of its own laws, we’re still waiting for these polluters to stop and clean up known contamination of groundwater from their old industrial operations.”


Horizon Lines Honored With Environmental Stewardship Awards


Company Recognized by Chamber of Shipping of America for Environmental Excellence, and by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine for Sustainability Practices

Horizon Lines, Inc., one of the nation's leading domestic ocean shipping companies, has received honors for environmental stewardship from the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) and from Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine.


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