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Environmental Protection Agency Aims to Deregulate Coal Ash

Aerial view of coal ash ponds near river

The Trump administration’s proposal to roll back federal coal ash safeguards gives more leeway to states — and advocates worry that would put drinking water at risk.

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Citizens boycott N.C. coal ash meeting

Greensboro, N.C. — Members of a statewide coalition who have been advocating for years for proper cleanup and disposal of massive coal ash ponds around the state today announced they are boycotting a public meeting in Greensboro scheduled for tonight

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Federal and N.C. coal ash rules under attack

As the state reviews changes to coal ash policy, EPA head Scott Pruitt is looking to help utilities’ bottom line by dramatically weakening federal safeguards on the toxic substance.

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EPA Proposes Major Changes to Federal Coal Ash Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed rolling back federal regulations on how utilities store coal ash, a toxic byproduct from coal-fired power plants.

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Duke Energy Raises Electricity Rates

The North Carolina Utilities Commission allowed Duke Energy subsidiary Duke Energy Progress to raise its customers’ utility bills in part to pay for state-mandated coal ash cleanup.

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EPA Dismisses Coal Ash Civil Rights Case

A civil rights case brought by Uniontown, Ala., residents who argued that their health problems were caused by TVA coal ash dumped at a nearby landfill was dismissed.

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Small Alabama town struggles for environmental justice

Our friends down in Alabama, the Black Belt Citizens for Health and Justice, have hit a setback in their fight for environmental justice and could use support.

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N.C. regulators shift coal ash cleanup costs to ratepayers

The North Carolina Utilities Commission signed off on a rate hike proposed by Duke Energy, effectively shifting the cost burden of cleaning up coal ash onto many families who are already struggling to stay afloat.

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1,000 Days on Bottled Water

Jan. 11 marked the 1,000th day that hundreds of North Carolinians living near Duke Energy’s coal ash basins have lived on bottled water. Affected residents spoke at press conferences in Raleigh and Charlotte that day along with lawmakers and representatives

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The Lilies Project Bridges Art, Activism and Community

The Lilies Project in Walnut Cove, N.C., aims to bring awareness to the health impacts of coal ash on the community.

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