New coal ash ad targets Tillis (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A new barrage of TV ads criticizing state lawmakers over environmental issues will begin airing this week, this one singling out House Speaker Thom Tillis. This ad is the opening salvo from the N.C. League of Conservation Voters, and is part of what the organization says is a $1 million drive to hold polluters accountable and win greater protections against future spills like the coal ash pollution of the Dan River this year. Earlier this year, several state environmental advocacy groups and the national Natural Resources Defense Council kicked off a series of TV ads targeting specific Republican state legislators. The NRDC said more than $1 million would be spent. The League of Conservation Voters coal ash campaign, separate from the state and national coalition’s campaign, begins with an ad buy of $845,000 airing from Friday to July 24 in the Triangle, Charlotte, Triad and Asheville, the League says.
What do you do with 100 tons of coal ash? (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- Dump trucks – each loaded with 20 tons of coal ash – make some 200 trips a day from Duke Energy's Lake Julian power plant to the Asheville Regional Airport, where the toxic material is used as fill to create flat, usable land. The disposal method is considered a cost-effective and environmentally sound reuse of the material. About 4 million tons will have been removed from the plant's two ash ponds by the time the project ends next year. But, as state lawmakers struggle with legislation to better manage coal ash in the wake of the Feb. 2 spill into the Dan River, there are concerns about what to do with amounts of the byproduct far larger than what's being reused in Asheville. Duke estimates there are 102 million tons of coal ash in 33 ponds across the state. http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2014/07/09/tons-coal-ash/1...
N.C. attorneys say removed provisions ripe for problems (Winston-Salem Journal) -- The issue of voter fraud – one of the many reasons state legislators cited in their push for North Carolina’s new voting law – was front and center Tuesday during a federal hearing on whether to block many of the provisions of that very law. http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/n-c-attorneys-say-removed-provision...
ASHEVILLE - The D.C. Court of Appeals has ruled against CTS Corporation, deciding that the CTS of Asheville Superfund site must remain on the EPA’s Superfund inventory despite the company’s objections. CTS Corporation, which ran its Asheville facility from 1959 until 1986, sued the EPA in an effort to remove the contaminated site from Superfund. Finding that the site is indeed heavily polluted with carcinogens such as trichloroethylene (TCE), the court’s ruling in favor of the EPA will hugely benefit the Asheville community that is afflicted by CTS Corporation’s pollution.
Coal-ash legislation heads toward compromise (Mountain Xpress) -- What to do about coal ash, the toxic byproduct of burning coal to produce electricity? The North Carolina Senate and House have dueling views on what should be done, and environmentalists say neither approach does enough to clean up existing coal-ash impoundments and prevent spills like the one that released tens of thousands of gallons into the Dan River this February. The proposals go into conference soon, as legislators try to iron out their differences and craft the final bill.
A Sunday full of mostly bad news, as North Carolina barrels down the path of pollution, poverty, and politics-as-usual. Of special note, Queen Aldona, still firmly planted on her big-donor throne, continues to screw up everything she touches at DHHS. If Pat McCrory were running government like a business, Aldona Wos would have been sent packing months ago.
Dan River Coal Spill & Cleanup Not Slowing River Activity (WFMY-TV) -- In February, nearly 40,000 tons of coal ash spilled into the Dan River. That's 80 million pounds of pollution that was released in the river water at Duke Energy's Eden power station. "We were just shocked about the news about the spill. We didn't know how it would impact our summer business," said David Hoskins, who owns a canoes and kayaks rental company. Hoskins said he believed the negative news surrounding the coal ash spill would sink his profits. "Our worry was to be guilty to by association," said Hoskins, who owns The Dan River Company. http://www.wfmynews2.com/story/news/local/2014/07/05/dan-river-july-2014...
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Questions about coal ash not sinking Dan River business (WGHP-TV) -- North Carolina’s coal ash spill in February which dominated headlines for months and is still being cleaned up in Danville, Va., is not scaring visitors away from the Dan River. Dan River Adventures is seeing strong campground and river activity business this holiday weekend. “The main impact from that has been just answering the questions about it,” said Glenn Bozorth, the company owner. On Friday, tubers filled every spot on the bus. The river is expected to be just as busy on Saturday. Some of those visitors said the coal ash was something they talked about in the early stages of planning their trip but booked the trip anyway. http://myfox8.com/2014/07/04/questions-about-coal-ash-not-sinking-dan-ri...
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