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NC Conservation Network hiring outreach organizer

This job may not pay as much as working for Deputy Assistant Governor McCrory, but the work is more important.

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NC's toxic coal ash problem

Via e-mail from our friends at the North Carolina Conservation Network:

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), NC is home to more high hazard coal ash ponds than any other state. The coal industry and its friends in Congress are relentless in their efforts to stop the creation of strong federal protections on coal ash. Tell U.S. Congress to oppose any effort to stop federal regulation of coal ash.

Just to give you an idea of how persistant this problem is, we asked you to sign a petition for this two years ago. And chances are, many of our coal ash ponds are in even worse shape now, especially with some of the storms we've had recently. Let the EPA do the job for which it was created.

NC Conservation Network public alert

SB 781 would undo hundreds of critical protections for our natural areas by creating a mountain of red tape for state agencies. Essentially bringing many key protections down to the federal minimum requirements; a move only big polluters can love.

Go here to tell your government how you feel about this irresponsible bill.

EPA extends public comment deadline on coal ash

Heads-up from the NC Conservation Network:

Last Tuesday, our staff member Dan Conrad attended the EPA public hearing in Charlotte and delivered the petition. Hundreds of concerned citizens came out in support of strong public health protections.

We have good news - the EPA decided to extend the public comment period on coal ash rules to November 19th! Can you help spread the word and ask your friends and family to sign the petition? Our new goal is to have over 2000 names on our petition and we need you to make it happen.

If you haven't done so yet, please sign their petition. North Carolina has (at least) 13 ticking time-bomb impoundments, and some of them are already tainting local water tables.

Sign NCCN's coal ash petition

We need your help to urge the EPA to adopt the strongest possible public health protections from toxic coal ash sludge. Coal ash is less strictly regulated than household garbage. It is a bi-product of burning coal and contains toxins such as mercury and arsenic that can contaminate our groundwater.

Big polluters are lobbying the EPA to enact weaker rules on coal ash, so it’s critical that we show strong public support for common sense action. We need strong enforceable standards, not weak rules that allow polluters to put our communities at risk.

Go here to sign the petition, and don't forget to follow the NC Conservation Network's activities via their Facebook page.

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NCCN Alert: public input on Falls Lake cleanup

Just received this via e-mail:

Falls Lake, a water supply for over 400,000 people and a popular lake for fishing and boating, suffers from extreme nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. A few parts of the lake are relatively healthy, but sections of the upper lake violate water quality standards as much as 80% of the time.

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) is accepting public input (through this week) on proposed rules to clean up the lake. Environmental groups generally support the rules, but are also proposing some improvements to them.

Go here to send your own message to the Commission.

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