North Carolinians should be outraged at the recent stunt by the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), to reverse “do not drink” recommendations made by the same agencies last year to private well users near Duke Energy’s coal ash dumps. Initially, DHHS warned residents within 1500 feet of these dumps whose water had more than 0.07 parts per billion hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen when consumed or inhaled, . . . → Read More: State reversal on hexavalent chromium in well water an outrage
The drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan has turned into an epidemic of environmental injustices. Flint, a city that is 57% African American, 37% White American, 4% Latino, and 4% mixed race sits about 68 miles northwest of Detroit. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and President Obama have both declared a state of emergency because of the deadly lead contamination in the drinking water. Flint switched from Detroit’s water system to pulling water from the Flint . . . → Read More: Residents denied clean water in Flint; how you can help?
After weeks of negotiations between House and Senate, the newest version of the terrible “Polluter Protection Bill,” House Bill 765, is here. Packed full of handouts to industry and polluters, it leaves NC communities with fewer protections than ever against toxic contamination, air pollution and the whims of big corporations. Even after a few small improvements, this bill is still an unprecedented attack on North Carolina’s water, air, community, and public health protections!
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The public was so fired up by the outrageous provisions added by the Senate to House Bill 765 that even the most pro-polluter Representatives heard from their constituents and agreed that the Senate had taken a simple gravel-hauling bill and created a monster. On July 22, the full House voted 99 to zero NOT to concur with the Senate’s version of the bill! This vote sent the bill to a Conference Committee for negotiations between . . . → Read More: A Chance to Clean Up the Worst of HB765, the “Polluter Protection Bill”—Take Action!