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Upcoming Events

March 4-19, Eastern NC: Walk To Protect Our People And The Places Where We Live
Join APPPL for a Walk along the NC ACP route. The walk will begin in Northampton County, and end in Richmond County near Hamlet. Details.

Weigh in on closure plans for Riverbend Steam Station: March 16, 6PM (sign up to speak at 5:30PM) at Gaston College, Myers Auditorium, 201 Hwy. U.S. 321, Dallas.

March 26, 9AM-4PM, UNC Asheville: western NC stream volunteer training. RSVP to (828) 357-7411 / Eqilabstaff@gmail.com. $15-20 Donation requested, but not required. View more information.

March 27, 6-8PM, Boone: Water Justice Forum. Sponsored by Department of Sustainable Development and the Sustainability and Environmental Education Club at ASU. Presentations by Dr. Kelsey Pieper, VA Tech, and Katie Hicks, CWFNC. Details.

Weak permits allow continued toxic seepage from Duke coal plants—comment by May 5

The NC Division of Water Resources is accepting public comments through May 5 on proposed National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for Duke Energy’s Riverbend, Allen, and Marshall coal plants!

Locations of the three coal facilities and their discharges along the Catawba River.

Under the Clean Water Act, any facility discharging to a river or stream must have a NPDES permit, and these permits have to be renewed every five years. These . . . → Read More: Weak permits allow continued toxic seepage from Duke coal plants—comment by May 5

CWFNC adopts resolution on coal ash disposal and impacted communities

This March, Clean Water for NC’s Board of Directors adopted a resolution recognizing the need to protect ALL communities from toxic coal ash. We invite you to read the principles we support, including extensive public input from affected communities, no preemption of local protections, Duke Energy retaining full liability for toxic ash, and minimizing distance that coal ash travels from current coal ash ponds to final safe storage. Click here to read the resolution!

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The Monopoly Man and Your Utility Rates

by Grant Mincy, Energy Organizer

On January 19th, I attended my first organizing and strategy meeting as a new staff member with Clean Water for North Carolina. I have recently relocated from Knoxville, Tennessee to work on environment and energy issues facing NC. That Saturday I took my seat at the table with other NC activists to discuss upcoming rate hikes by Duke and Progress Energy. The Consumers Against Rate Hikes (CARH) strategy session participants . . . → Read More: The Monopoly Man and Your Utility Rates

Mayo Coal Plant – Comment Today

Progress Energy operates two large coal-fired power plants in Person County. The Mayo Steam Electric Plant discharges to Mayo Lake, a popular place for boating and fishing. However, the power plant discharges large amounts of harmful metals into the lake….Mercury (a neurotoxin), Boron, Thallium, Manganese (a neurotoxin at high doses), and Selenium.

The NC Environmental Management Commission is proposing to issue a “Special Order by Consent” for the Mayo Plant, allowing Progress to discharge . . . → Read More: Mayo Coal Plant – Comment Today