By sheer numbers, the 14 coal ash ponds spread across North Carolina pale in comparison to the nearly 3,000 various waste sites across the state. That includes decommissioned industrial facilities, abandoned dry cleaners and old landfills. Despite the sometimes active threats to water or air, many of these sites take years or decades to clean up, if they’re cleaned up at all. And the fund to clear out the contamination can’t keep up.
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A United Nations report raised the threat of climate change to a whole new level on Monday, warning of sweeping consequences to life and livelihood.
Duke Energy’s recent coal ash injustice, a tragedy for nearby and downstream communities, has now expanded into an enormous toxic waste challenge… The goals should be to prevent further harm to people and wildlife; to detoxify the rivers, ground and groundwater; and to ensure that Duke Energy – not its customers – pays the full cost after poorly managing its toxic waste for so many years.
Two environmental groups are warning state leaders against allowing Duke Energy to clean up its coal ash pits in North Carolina by shipping the ash to solid-waste landfills.
A federal grand jury convened in Raleigh as part of a criminal investigation triggered by the massive coal ash spill from Duke Energy.
The Alliance of Carolinians Together (ACT) Against Coal Ash is a statewide coalition working to hold Duke Energy accountable for its coal ash mess.
On January 14, 2016, ACT invited Governor Pat McCrory to have dinner with people living near Duke coal ash dumps and hear their side of the story.
Photo by Phil Fonville.
Video: Learn about NC WARN’s first 15 years of successful grassroots activism.
Medical Advocates for Healthy Air (MAHA) is a group of health professionals who educate their patients and other practitioners about the connection between poor air quality and disease.
For people living near nuclear power plants, there has been the nagging concern about radiation and the risk of cancer.
The health risks of global climate change read like a chapter out of the Book of Revelation: plagues from mosquitoes and other insects; floods and droughts that cause sickness and mental anguish; food-borne scourges and malnutrition.