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N.C. Lowers Risk Rating of Coal Ash Pits

Duke Energy may now be able to cap six toxic coal ash dumps in North Carolina in place instead of transporting the material to lined landfills after state regulators classified the dumps as “low risk.”

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Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate Files for Federal Approval

MVP Southgate protest sign

The 73-mile expansion of the controversial fracked-gas Mountain Valley Pipeline into North Carolina has drawn criticism from residents and regulators alike.

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Judge Refutes Trump Administration Decision on Red Wolf Conservation

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The federal court’s decision prohibits the killing of critically endangered red wolves that roam off their refuge without proof that the wolf is a danger to humans or livestock.

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An Eventful Fall at Appalachian Voices

We’ve filed a lawsuit against an unlawful coal mine in West Virginia, co-hosted a summit of landowners in the path of the MVP Southgate Pipeline, called out Virginia Gov. Northam for his egregious dismissal of two air board members during the board’s deliberations, and more.

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Blue Ridge Energy’s solar policies among the worst in Southeast

A new interactive website launched this week by the Southern Environmental Law Center highlights Blue Ridge Energy electric cooperative as having one of the worst solar energy policies of all electric utilities throughout the Southeast. The website, “Rates of Solar,”

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Power Play: Countering Electric Utilities’ Political Influence

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Public interest groups are building political will to counter electric utilities’ influence in state governments.

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Hurricane Highlights Coal Ash Risks

September’s Hurricane Florence breached two of Duke Energy’s coal ash and wastewater impoundments.

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Hurricane Florence Devastates the Carolinas

September’s Hurricane Florence caused major flooding across the Carolinas and killed more than 40 people and millions of farm animals.

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High Country energy contest winner receives home upgrades

Amy Cook heat pump

Amy Cook of Boone, N.C., recently received energy-saving home improvements through our High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest. The contest highlighted the need for affordable weatherization programs.

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While the nation celebrates Energy Efficiency Day, N.C.’s High Country residents left out in the cold

Boone, N.C. — Residents, businesses, local and state governments, electric utilities and others all across the United States will celebrate October 5th as National Energy Efficiency Day. Proclaimed a national day of recognition in 2016 as part of a bigger

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