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April 29, 9:30 am - 2pm, NC Environmental Justice Network Quarterly Meeting, Roseboro. Snow Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 531 Marion Amos Rd. For questions, email Naeema: naeema1951@gmail.com.

Duke Energy seeks to recover ash cleanup cost from customers!

Ratepayers beware: Coal ash cost should be viewed separately from Duke’s operational expenses.

Public comment needed by April 12!

What can ratepayers and impacted communities do?
Public input is needed as Duke Energy seeks to recover coal ash cleanup cost from the more than 3 million NC costumers who rely on the utility as their sole electricity provider. Delaying the coal ash costs would allow the company to lump coal ash expenses with other operational cost such as, “environmental compliance” in a general rate case that would be held sometime later in the year. Delaying ash cleanup cost could distract from the actual expenses and threatening impacts of coal ash.

The North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) will soon make a decision on Duke Energy’s request to delay a review of coal ash cleanup costs until the next general rate case. Duke Energy must provide a 6 month formal notice before a general rate case is held. At this point, there is not a public hearing or comment period scheduled for Duke Energy’s coal ash cost deferment request.

However, you can email Utilities Commission Chairman Ed Finley and request a public hearing in your area on Duke Energy’s decision to delay coal ash costs for review in a later rate case. Emails should be sent to statements@ncuc.net with “DOCKET NO. E-2, SUB 1103/NO. E-7, SUB 1110” in the subject line by April 12th.

How much is Duke Energy asking from ratepayers at this time?
Duke Energy has not said exactly how much the rate hikes associated with coal ash cleanup would affect customer rates, but has requested to delay $726 million spent in coal ash cleanup expenses until the next general rate case, later in the year.

Pushing cost back for review in a general rate case at a later date by the NCUC is also known as a “deferment.” The NCUC would have to agree on Duke’s request in order to push back coal ash cleanup cost until a general rate case before cleanup cost could be passed on to customers. Duke Energy’s deferment request (Docket No. E-2, Sub 1103 and E-7, Sub 1110).

Duke Energy estimates about $5 billion as its baseline for the cleanup of its unlined coal ash basins in North and South Carolina. As the company spends money on cleanups, it plans to charge those cost to its ratepayers. In its year-end earnings report 2016, Duke Energy says “multiple” North Carolina rate hikes are very likely by 2021. More…

ONE MORE DAY TO COMMENT ON ACP!

ONLY ONE MORE DAY to send ACP DEIS Comments to FERC!

Please note corrected Docket Number,  CP15-554-000

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s impacts on eastern NC and global climate impacts, will be substantial, but FERC officials are claiming there will be “no significant impacts.” YOUR comments are important to let them know the public sees the truth.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which grants the final certification for gas pipelines, needs to have YOUR comments by the deadline April 6th on the deeply flawed ACP Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS-click here for full document)!

Here’s are some of the worst problems with the DEIS: Impacts on communities of color and low income communities are claimed to be insignificant. Promised jobs and economic benefits are exaggerated. There’s extremely poor assessment or missing information on environmental, climate, cumulative impacts and safety risks (see more detail in the links below).

When you write your comments in your own words, be SURE to point out that this pipeline is simply NOT needed for economic development, according to a report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, and will contribute substantially to climate change. Another recent study concludes that releases of unburned natural gas from gas fired power plants may be 2 to 120 times higher than previously reported to EPA!   And THAT’S where most of the gas flowing through the ACP would go—to Duke’s and Dominion’s gas fired power plants!

Please use the links below to help you draft comments IN YOUR OWN WORDS. Instructions for submitting them are below the links. THANK YOU FOR TAKING ACTION!!

Socioeconomic Issues and Environmental Justice
Safety Issues in DEIS
Groundwater Resources
Surface Water and Wetlands
Compressor Stations and Air Quality

How to Submit Your Comments on ACP DEIS to FERC by express mail or by e-comment.

By mail: (FERC recommends you send hard copy comments by overnight express, to prevent long delays while checking your letter for anthrax!)

Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20426      BE SURE TO SPECIFY DOCKET NUMBER CP15-554-000

To file your comments electronically: 
Select the points about which you are the most concerned and write them in your own words into a text file such as WORD. Go to https://ferconline.ferc.gov/QuickComment.aspx to fill out the required short comment registration form.

You will then be sent a link from FERC to submit your e-comment. Click on that link, and be sure to enter the Docket number CP15-554-000. Copy and paste your comments from your text file, up to 6,000 characters, into the comment form by Thursday, April 6 and submit! You can comment more than once if your comments are longer or if you wish to add to them.

The time to stand up for Environmental Justice is NOW

Clean Water for North Carolina enthusiastically supports the Principles of Environmental Justice, first established in 1991. The Environmental Justice movement is now international, working to prevent the disproportionate impacts of destructive, economically damaging and toxic operations on communities of color and low income by standing together. Now, after decades of EPA recognition of environmental injustices and commitment to EJ, the progress made is under attack!

The Trump administration has announced plans to cut the EPA’s budget by 25 percent, including dismantling the whole EPA Environmental Justice program! That would include eliminating grant programs that help low income and minority communities to protect themselves against environmental harms. In the face of the administration’s outright hostility to EJ, Mustafa Ali, EPA’s Environmental Justice chief, resigned from his position after 24 years at the agency.

EJ Summit group

CWFNC’s Ericka Faircloth (second from left) at a previous Annual Summit of the NC Environmental Justice network.

It’s more urgent than ever to take action for Environmental Justice in North Carolina! CWFNC is a member of the NC Environmental Justice Network and encourages other organizations and individuals to join and support the network by visiting www.ncejn.org. NCEJN’s Annual Summit, a great opportunity to meet with other communities, takes place in mid-October each year. Watch for an announcement of the next Quarterly Meeting in Sampson County, NC in April, too!

Walk to Protect Our People and the Places we Live (APPPL)

Join us this Saturday at 11:00 am for the kickoff of the “Walk to Protect Our People and the Places we Live,” a walk to raise awareness about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Sign up for the Walk here and for more information from APPPL here.

Come hear the struggles of landowners along the proposed route of the ACP, meet local allies, and hear music from Lumbee/Tuscarora singer Charly Lowry.

Meet organizers at least an hour in advance at The Franklinton Center (281 Soundbend Lane, Whitakers) to park, and to catch a free shuttle to the opening ceremony. More info coming soon on other parking options!

This Walk will continue through March 19th in Northampton, Halifax, Nash, Wilson, Johnston, Sampson, Cumberland, Robeson, Scotland, and Richmond Counties. Folks can participate in the Walk on any day/location.

Water, snacks and shuttles will be provided during the entire length of the Walk.​

APPPL Websitehttps://2017acpwalk.org/

Register for Walk herehttps://2017acpwalk.org/register/