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Upcoming Events

September 9, 1:30PM-5:30PM, Clean Water for NC’s Regional Summit on Impacts of Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Wilson, NC. Advance registration required: register at tinyurl.com/ACPsummit.

Duke Energy Progress Rate Hike Hearings, Sept. 12-Oct. 12, statewide:

Rockingham: Sept. 12, 7:00 p.m.: Richmond County Courthouse, Courtroom A, 105 W. Franklin Street

Raleigh: Sept. 25, 7:00 p.m.: Commission Hearing Room 2115, Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury Street

Asheville: Sept. 27, 7:00 p.m.: Buncombe County Courthouse, Courtroom 1A, 60 Court Plaza

Full schedule and talking points – Click here!

October 1, 9a.m.-4p.m., UNC Asheville: WNC Stream Monitoring Volunteer Training. For more information or to RSVP, contact (828) 357-7411 or staff@eqilab.org. $15-20 Donation requested, but not required (material costs).

Clean Water Act at 40: Unfulfilled Promises?

Happy 40th Anniversary, Clean Water Act! Yours for 40 more years of renewed enforcement and justice, Belinda, Hope, Maribel, and Katie

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Clean Water Act. The Clean Water Act is the most important single federal law for protection of surface waters, setting up national thresholds which the Environmental Protection Agency could enforce, though most rulemaking and permitting is delegated to state agencies. Its creators . . . → Read More: Clean Water Act at 40: Unfulfilled Promises?

A Frackless NC Holiday to You

‘Twas the holiday season, and all through the state People gathered with loved ones for t’ celebrate. Their stockings were hung by the chimney with care Hoping St. Nick would bring clean water and air!

The year had been rough, lots of bad bills had passed Leaving us fearing we’d be “natural gassed.” But the “fractivists” fought it, the movement took root, Giving NC the chance to give fracking the boot….

. . . → Read More: A Frackless NC Holiday to You

Reflections on environmental health and justice from an expectant mother

by Rachel Lang-Balde As I await the birth of my second child, I’m considering the implications of environmental health and justice on my family, my community and our state. Environmental health and justice affect all parents – and come into play in multiple ways throughout pregnancy, the birthing process, parenthood and child development.

As a public health graduate student, my focus was on maternal health and nutrition. Environmental health was a factor in studies of . . . → Read More: Reflections on environmental health and justice from an expectant mother