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Beginning of the end of N.C.’s coal ash crisis

North Carolinians have won a major victory with the announcement that Duke Energy would remove coal ash from its remaining sites. Appalachian Voices is proud to have worked side-by-side with the people who fought so hard, for so long to defend their communities.


Five years after Dan River: Coal ash in N.C.

The Dan River coal ash spill sparked a flurry of coal ash cleanup legislation, public hearings, community meetings and more across North Carolina. But where does coal ash stand in the state now?


Statewide citizens group slams North Carolina’s coal ash pond rankings

Contact: Statewide and Eastern North Carolina: Bobby Jones (919) 394-0727 Western North Carolina: Jeri Cruz-Segarra (828) 651-9576 Charlotte Area: Amy Brown (704) 301-6209 Winston-Salem Area: David Hairston (336) 655- 3413, Caroline Armijo (919) 358-5057 An alliance of North Carolinians directly


Long-Awaited Coal Ash Bill Leaves Communities at Risk

This September, North Carolina’s first bill regulating the disposal of coal ash became law. Legislators praised the law as the strongest in the nation, but environmental groups and citizens living next to coal ash ponds say it is not strong enough.


What do Duke Energy and a messy teenager have in common?

Gfp-messy-couchDuke Energy has spent six months cleaning up its Dan River coal spill, the third worst in U.S. history, and got a whopping six percent removed. And now it says the job is done. North Carolinians should not accept this — no less than most parents accept their teenagers’ excuses to clean up their rooms.


Standing Up for the Guardians of Our Air and Water

Thick gray ash wiped off a log from the Dan River collected on Amy Adams' hand during water testing.

North Carolina has learned a tough lesson in the Dan River coal ash spill: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Appalachian Voices’ own Amy Adams makes a strong case for protecting the water in the Tarheel State.


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