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Upcoming Events

Sept. 20, 12:30-2:30: Triangle Climate Strike! Join forces with Triangle students & communities as millions around the world walk out of homes and workplaces to join young people in the streets for the biggest global climate strike yet! Halifax Mall, 300 N Salisbury Street, Raleigh

Sept. 23, 10:00 AM, Climate Emergency: Tri-State Pipeline Strike! As part of the Global Climate Strike week of action, we will join w/  landowners across WV, VA, & NC impacted by the MVP, ACP and other climate-impacting threats. Communities resisting the pipeline threats will share their story and stand in solidarity to protect the region’s rights to clean water and to protect their future!

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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

Take action--a terrible energy option for NC, and a great one!

Offshore drilling comments due Monday, March 30

Offshore oil and gas drilling? Make your voice heard!

Offshore drilling proposed for the mid-Atlantic would put the NC coast at risk for an environmental disaster like the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. It could harm tourism, fishing, and other coastal industries which are the economic backbone of coastal communities. Regulations haven’t changed since the BP Disaster — there is still the same weak oversight and safeguards.

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The Empty Promises of Privatized Wastewater in NC

We often talk about the impacts of drinking water privatization in North Carolina, but did you know that out of state for-profit corporations are also buying up small sewage treatment plants? Utilities Inc. and its subsidiaries have over 19,000 sewer customers in 19 NC counties, and Aqua NC has 12,000 sewer customers in 19 counties. Apart from these two “giants,” there are 70 more private companies operating sewage systems in the state.

Small . . . → Read More: The Empty Promises of Privatized Wastewater in NC

US Supreme Court rules in favor of polluter – major setback for communities

On June 9, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against landowners in CTS Corp vs. Waldburger, a decision that will impair residents’ ability to seek justice and compensation and hold toxic polluters accountable.

The lawsuit, involving two dozen landowners near the former CTS of Asheville electroplating facility (now a nationally listed “Superfund” hazardous waste site), examined whether North Carolina’s “statutes of repose” law prohibits suing a company more than 10 years after the pollution activity stopped, . . . → Read More: US Supreme Court rules in favor of polluter – major setback for communities