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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 / $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.

Standing up for Safe Energy Jobs and Water Justice

Join Clean Water for NC on September 17th for our Annual Meeting entitled: Standing up for Safe Energy Jobs and Water Justice, being held at the Statesville Civic Center from 1:30 – 5:00 pm. Admission is free for current members and students, and $25 for new members. Please register here.

Location: Statesville Civic Center, 300 S Center St, Statesville, NC 28677 (Media Room)



Sue Fife (left) and Lisa Hughes, Person County residents

1:30—Welcome (Andrea Emanuel, Vice Chair, Clean Water for NC Board of Directors & Hope Taylor, Executive Director)

1:40-2:45—Communities Protecting their Health and Water from Coal Ash Contamination

Striving for Coal Ash Justice in the Shadow of the Roxboro Power Plant (Lisa Hughes & Sue Fife, Person County residents)


Larry Aiken (left) and Roger Hollis, Cleveland County

The forgotten part of Cleveland County’s fight for clean water and energy (Roger Hollis & Larry Aiken, Cleveland County residents)

NC coal ash disposal, and reuse: Parts of the solution? (Xavier Boatright, CWFNC)

The fight to save public “health advisories” for well water in NC (Katie Hicks, CWFNC)

2:45-3:15—Break with refreshments

3:15-5:00 Energy Justice, Climate, and Retooling NC’s Energy Future


Nancy LaPlaca

What’s Happened with Fracking in NC, and Why the Rush to Build Gas Pipelines? (Hope Taylor, CWFNC)

The Atlantic Coast Gas Pipeline and NC’s Indigenous and African American communities (Ericka Faircloth, CWFNC)

Out of the Frying Pan, into the Fire: Why Turning from Coal to Fracked Gas is a Terrible Idea (Nancy LaPlaca, Senior Energy Analyst, NC WARN & The Climate Times)

Redesigning NC’s Energy Future for Jobs, Water and Economic Justice: What Renewables and Energy Efficiency Can Do (Hope Taylor, CWFNC)

Thanks and farewell (Nydia Morales, Secretary, CWFNC Board of Directors and Katie Hicks, Associate Director)

Peoples Hearing Success, July 28th

The Peoples’ Hearing, held on July 28th drew about 60 enthusiastic residents along the pipeline and folks from outside of the area there to show support. Many had deep concerns about the proposed plans and pathway for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that will travel through 8 NC counties, mostly low-income and with high minority populations.

>>You can comment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about your concerns about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline by August 5th! Click here for talking points and instructions to submit comments.

Speakers addressed issues like: impacts the pipeline would have on land disturbance, ground and surface water, their health and safety, Dominion not being transparent when asked questions by local residents and not giving them reliable information, the economic hardship this pipeline would have on landowners who could experience lower property values, and raised electric rates for Dominion and Duke Energy electric customers in NC.

The comments were recorded and sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the entity regulating the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and written comments were gathered at the hearing and mailed to FERC.

Check out the “highlights” video of the Peoples’ Hearing here:

ACT Against Coal Ash Response to Passage of House Bill 630

Clean Water for North Carolina stands with our friends and partners who are living with or threatened by toxic coal ash in North Carolina, in deep dismay at the passage of House Bill 630 by lawmakers in June 2016. State leaders created one set of rules, then changed the rules mid-way through to give Duke Energy the advantage. This was a major disservice to the residents and waters of North Carolina. We will continue to stand with our community partners to make sure that those affected do get the clean drinking water promised in this bill, and will also keep fighting for truly safe and just solutions to toxic coal ash.

ACT against coal ash April meeting 2016

The Alliance of Carolinians Together Against Coal Ash

Here is the statement from ACT Against Coal Ash:

Statement on House Bill 630 by communities facing coal ash dangers

Raleigh, and communities across NC—On Thursday, the Alliance of Carolinians Together (ACT) Against Coal Ash, a network of communities living with or threatened by toxic coal ash, expressed outrage at the rushed passage of House Bill 630, which they say is a betrayal of residents across NC. The alliance had sent an open letter to the General Assembly last week about their goals and unifying principles for safe coal ash solutions, and they say this bill fails to address many of their central concerns, while giving Duke Energy everything it wanted.

Senate coal ash benefits Duke Energy, betrays public

Ask your state Representative to vote NO on House Bill 630. Look them up by county here.

House Bill 630, the compromise the NC Senate struck with Governor McCrory’s office on coal ash, is a betrayal of the thousands of residents near Duke Energy’s coal fired power plants who called for full, swift cleanup of leaking coal ash dumps during fourteen public hearings in March and through written comments to the Dept. of Environmental Quality!

ACT against coal ash April meeting 2016

The Alliance of Carolinians Together Against Coal Ash calls for a real solution to coal ash. Tell your legislators they need to listen!

This bill protects Duke Energy’s interests and lets the company off the hook for having to excavate coal ash at its NC sites and move it to dry storage, as long as they make small repairs and provide alternative water to those nearby whose well water is contaminated. Clean water, while urgent for families, is not a substitute for eliminating the risk of leaky, unlined coal ash impoundments – neighbors are calling for both!

Don’t let Duke Energy get off the hook for a real solution, one where coal ash is stored above ground and completely isolated from ground and surface water, on Duke’s property, retrievable so ash can be accessible for re-use when safe technologies are available.

More information: what does the bill do?

  • Requires DEQ to classify some impoundments as low risk, allowing them to be capped in place, and eliminating the previous criteria for classification, including: public health, environment and natural resources, groundwater contamination, surface water contamination, and the amount and characteristics of coal ash in the specific pit. This negates the comments of the thousands of people who demanded that their communities not be ranked low priority. The requirement that DEQ classify ponds as low risk if public water supply hookups are provided and dam repairs are made ties DEQ’s hands with respect to considering risks to the environment and natural resources.
  • Gives Duke until Oct. 15, 2018 to provide drinking water (via water line or filtration device) to everyone with ½ mile of a coal ash pond except those across large bodies of water and provide water to those outside the ½ mile radius if modeling shows they may be impacted by contaminated groundwater. Even this does not guarantee that all impacted well users will be provided water – there is evidence that groundwater contamination can sometimes move under river beds, and independent reviews have shown that groundwater modeling by Duke’s contractors have serious flaws, and have failed to find links between coal ash sites and well water contamination.
  • Fails to require concrete recycling at any new sites. Concrete recycling is an important cleanup option because it doesn’t require new landfills. Instead, this bill would allow Duke to simply recycle ash it is required to clean up anyway.
  • Pushes DEQ’s final classification until November 15 2018–giving DEQ and Gov McCrory exactly what they asked for: more delay, no new cleanups.
  • Gives DEQ expanded authority to grant variances and extensions to the deadlines above, creating further delay and no accountability for Duke Energy.