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Piedmont Natural Gas Announces Participation in Environmental Protection Agency's Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program

Company is a Founding Partner in national program showcasing efforts to track and reduce methane emissions

Piedmont Natural Gas announced its participation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge program as a Founding Partner. The voluntary program is a collaborative effort between the EPA and the natural gas industry and is designed to provide a transparent platform for partners such as Piedmontto make, track, and promote commitments to voluntarily reduce methane emissions.  Thirty-seven natural gas utilities nationwide are participating as Founding Partners in the program.

Jane Lewis-Raymond, Piedmont's Senior Vice President and Chief Legal, Compliance, and External Relations Officer commented on Piedmont's participation, "Piedmont's commitment to the environment and to incorporating sustainability into all of our business practices extends far beyond a strategic directive for our company; importantly, it is one of our core values and drives everything we do. Our participation in this program is another indication of that commitment and also enables us to build on our ongoing commitment to public safety."

Piedmont's own focus through the STAR Methane Challenge will be in the area of reducing methane emissions that result from third party excavation damages to the Company's natural gas pipeline delivery system.  Piedmont has committed to develop a plan to reduce such emissions within five years by evaluating its ongoing damage prevention programs and identifying areas of process improvement.  Piedmont will submit its five-year plan to the EPA in the coming months.

More information about Piedmont's commitment to the environment and its sustainability efforts can be found by visiting the Company's website at www.piedmontng.com.

Governor McCrory Cites Environmental and Constitutional Problems in Senate Bill 71 Veto

Governor Pat McCrory vetoed Senate Bill 71 because it weakens environmental protections, delays water connections for well owners, ignores dam safety, hinders efforts to reuse coal ash and violates the state constitution.
 
“This legislation is not good for the environment or for the rule of law in North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory. “This bill lacks a firm deadline to connect well owners to alternate water supplies.”

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EPA to Conduct Environmental Evaluation at Old Davis Hospital Site

At the request of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS), EPA Region 4 is conducting an evaluation of environmental conditions at the Old Davis Hospital property in Statesville, N.C. EPA will begin air monitoring today for asbestos around the perimeter of the site in coordination with the City of Statesville and Iredell County. EPA will also provide technical assistance to assess asbestos-bearing waste and possible associated risks.

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Federal Riverbend Lawsuit Voluntarily Dismissed

The Southern Environmental Law Center and the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation have now obtained what they have fought for four years to achieve – the guaranteed removal of Duke Energy’s coal ash from leaking, unlined pits on the banks of Mountain Island Lake, the drinking water reservoir for the greater Charlotte area.  The North Carolina Superior Court recently issued an order requiring removal of all the coal ash from Duke Energy’s Riverbend facility to safe, dry, lined storage so that excavation of coal ash is required at Riverbend regardless of political maneuvering in Raleigh.  As a result, the Southern Environmental Law Center today voluntarily dismissed a pending federal lawsuit that sought to obtain the same result at Duke Energy’s Riverbend site, because that additional litigation is no longer needed.

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GameChange Solar Signs 42 MW North Carolina Contract, Projects Over 1 GW 2016

GameChange Solar announced that it has received an order for several Max-Span pile driven systems totaling 42 MW in North Carolina. This brings the total contracts awarded to GameChange to over 300 MW year to date. GameChange projects over 1 GW for 2016 with Genius Tracker single axis trackers as a meaningful addition to the growth in the fixed tilt business.

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