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Upcoming Events

July 28, 5:30 pm, Fayetteville, Atlantic Coast Pipeline Peoples Hearing. East Regional Library, 4809 Clinton Road. Join EcoRobeson for a grassroots sponsored recorded public hearing on the ACP. Impacted residents will be given first priority to speak first. For more information email

August 13-14, Wilson, Atlantic Coast Pipeline Strategy Gathering. Informational session on 13th from 12-6:30. If you represent an organization working with impacted communities along the pipeline route and want to participate, contact Hope Taylor at 919-401-9600, or

September 17, “Stepping up Efforts for Water Justice and a Safe Energy Future”: Clean Water for NC's Annual Meeting. Details & location posted soon!

A clean Pigeon River

The struggle for clean water downstream of Blue Ridge Paper Products’ mill in Canton, NC

The long-polluted Pigeon River, flowing through the heart of Cocke County, hasn’t been “fishable” or “swimmable” for over 100 years, and it’s hopeless as a source of treatable drinking water for downstream communities like Hartford and Newport. As everyone knows in east Tennessee, the source of the pollution is the former Champion pulp and paper mill in Canton, now owned by Evergreen Packaging, which discharges about 25 million gallons of hot, brown wastewater each day to this tiny mountain River. Toxic releases to water are still over 100,000 pounds each year.

Clean Water for NC has currently joined Clean Water Expected in East Tennessee, Cocke County, TN, Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, Tennessee Conservation Voters, Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association, and Western North Carolina Alliance in a legal challenge to the facility’s discharge permit. The case is being handled by Southern Environmental Law Center.