In North Carolina, more than 80% of surface water withdrawals are used by power generation facilities. Our rivers and lakes face massive withdrawals, toxic pollution and hot discharges from coal-fired and nuclear power plants. Meanwhile, low-income and minority communities are often the MOST impacted by energy production and extraction facilities. Learn more about the efforts of CWFNC and others to keep these polluters in check, work with vulnerable communities, seek for solutions to energy demand (like energy efficiency!) and conserve water resources for other uses.
Coal Ash in NC
Since the February, 2014 massive spill of tens of thousands of tons of coal ash and 27 million gallons of contaminated wastewater from a Duke Energy coal ash pit into the Dan River, lawmakers, regulators, the media, and the public have paid more attention to the threat of coal ash waste stored in unlined pits across NC. Clean Water for NC believes the storage and disposal of coal ash waste is an environmental justice issue, often impacting the most vulnerable communities, and we are committed to working with those communities to organize for just solutions to NC’s coal ash mess. We are an active partner with the statewide Alliance of Carolinians Together Against Coal Ash (ACT Against Coal Ash), a community-led alliance of representatives from communities next to the massive coal ash pits at Duke Energy power plants and near planned future coal ash landfills.
Information about Coal Ash in N.C.
- Clean Water for NC’s resolution on coal ash (2015)
- A.C.T. Against Coal Ash website
- Read about DEQ’s proposed classifications for coal ash impoundments across the state
- Read about the history of coal ash in N.C. including the Dan River Spill, the passing of the Coal Ash Management Act, and more at Appalachian Voices Coal Ash Blog
- View Southeast Coal Ash’s Interactive map of coal ash sites
- Duke Energy’s Groundwater Studies
- DEQ Map of Contaminated Drinking Water Wells
- DEQ Coal Ash Site Prioritization FAQ
- DEQ Well Water Testing Information
Find out more about Coal Ash
- Watch a preview of the upcoming national documentary, Coal Ash Chronicles, by Charlotte based investigative reporter, Rhiannon Fionn
- Watch Belews Creek Residents for Coal Ash Cleanup video, At What Cost?
- Watch Vice News Video on Coal Ash, featuring North Carolina residents
- Read the Earth Justice report on Coal Ash water pollution and air pollution
- Read the Physicians for Social Responsibility report on Coal Ash
Nuclear Energy and Radiation
Natural Gas and Pipelines
Factsheets and reports on fracking
Frack Free NC Alliance website (CWFNC is a founding partner)
Natural Gas Pipelines: Regulation and Risk for NC (CWFNC report, 2014)
Whitepaper: Duke Energy’s move toward a natural gas future would be disastrous for climate, economy (NC WARN)