To learn more about NC WARN’s past victories, you can watch the video NC WARN Highlights: The First 15 Years.
- Influence Money, 2018-2021
In response to a petition by NC WARN and Friends of the Earth, the Commission issued an order in August 2021 strengthening rules and reporting requirements that keep utilities from recovering PR and lobbying expenditures from customers. Read more.
- Atlantic Coast Pipeline, 2014-2020
After six years of determined opposition and legal challenges by grassroots community and environmental justice advocates, Duke and Dominion Energy announced on July 5, 2020 that they were cancelling this 600-mile, $8 billion fracked gas pipeline. Read more.
- Senate Bill 559: Duke Energy’s $23 Billion “Ratepayer Ripoff Bill,” 2019
As part of the Energy Justice NC (EJNC) coalition, NC WARN worked with AARP, industrial customers and clean energy groups to defeat Duke Energy’s multi-year rate increase plan. EJNC’s Monopoly Money reports and statewide ads showing Duke price tags on the heads of legislative leaders were key factors in this 7-month effort. Read more.
- Fracked Gas Plant at Duke University, 2016-2018
Duke Energy wanted to build a 21-megawatt natural gas-burning power plant on the Duke University campus. Learn more about our opposition to the plan, which resulted in the University putting the project indefinitely on hold. Duke Energy sought to make Duke University a guinea pig in a US power industry scheme to create new revenue streams by building fracked gas-burning power plants on college campuses.
- New Nukes, 2005-2017
NC WARN has played an integral role in stopping the US nuclear “renaissance.” New reactors that Duke Energy planned at its Shearon Harris plant in Wake County were canceled in May 2013. In August 2017, reactors at Duke’s Lee station in South Carolina and SCE&G’s VC Summer plant in South Carolina were canceled. Southern Company’s Vogtle plant in Georgia is the only remaining new nuclear project underway and will probably be canceled soon.
- Duke Energy’s Global Warming Machine at Cliffside, 2007-2010
NC WARN and a statewide coalition prevented approval of an 800 megawatt coal-fired power plant at Cliffside, NC sought by Duke Energy. Continued…
- Nuclear Security Failures, 2005-2007
NC WARN and the Union of Concerned Scientists exposed numerous security failures at the Shearon Harris nuclear power plant, based on information from whistle-blowing security guards. A federal investigation confirmed the charges, and along with widespread publicity, cost Progress Energy tens of thousands of dollars in fines to correct physical security vulnerabilities. Continued…
- Exposing Nuclear Power Risks
NC WARN exposed serious safety and security problems at nuclear power plants in the Carolinas. For key examples, see our Nuclear Reactor Safety page.
“NC WARN can take credit for security doors at the Shearon Harris nuclear plant that actually latch and lock…and for over $10 million of fire protection restoration efforts…When people can achieve so much as NC WARN, it is my pleasure and reward to help.”
– David Lochbaum, nuclear safety expert with the Union of Concerned Scientists
- High-Level Nuclear Waste in North Carolina, 1998-2003
Environmentalists formally praised the Orange County Board of Commissioners and their political allies for helping to persuade Progress Energy to stop a major expansion of radioactive waste storage planned for the Shearon Harris nuclear power plant. The shift in plans eliminated the risks of transporting “spent” fuel rods to Harris – the nation’s only such shipments – and lowered both the probability and consequences of a disastrous waste pool fire at Harris. Continued…
- Warren County PCB Landfill, 1993-2003
We are honored to have played a part in the historic and successful environmental justice struggle in Warren County working with citizens and state officials for the past ten years to implement the safe decontamination of the infamous PCB Landfill. Continued…
- Dioxin Campaign
Throughout the 1990s, NC WARN was part of an active national coalition that exposed the risks of dioxin and reduced public exposures by blocking medical, municipal and toxic waste incinerators. We were honored to work with Lois Gibbs and leading scientists as core organizers of three national Citizens’ Conferences on Dioxin, the first held in Chapel Hill, NC as part of the ThermalKem fight. Click here for a 2000 NC WARN fact sheet on dioxin and its global health implications.
- Carolina Solite Toxic Waste Incinerator, 1995-2000
NC WARN gained another major victory in 2000, helping Stanly County citizens stop hazardous waste burning at Solite, the state’s most notorious polluter. Continued…
- Low-Level Nuclear Waste Dump, 1988-1999
NC WARN was central to the 1999 defeat of an eight-state “low-level” radioactive waste dump – a victorious ending to a 12-year grassroots struggle. Continued…
- ThermalKem Toxic Waste Incinerator, 1988-1993
NC WARN was born in the late 1980s when citizen groups began a successful 5-year struggle against the state’s attempt to build a hazardous waste incinerator in 21 successive counties.