On June 9, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against landowners in CTS Corp vs. Waldburger, a decision that will impair residents’ ability to seek justice and compensation and hold toxic polluters accountable.
The lawsuit, involving two dozen landowners near the former CTS of Asheville electroplating facility (now a nationally listed “Superfund” hazardous waste site), examined whether North Carolina’s “statutes of repose” law prohibits suing a company more than 10 years after the pollution activity stopped, . . . → Read More: US Supreme Court rules in favor of polluter – major setback for communities
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In November of 2011, Enviva, a major corporate wood pellet producer with international sales, began operations at a former Georgia Pacific sawmill in Ahoskie, NC. Residents close to the plant have faced 24/7 extreme noise levels and bright lights. They’ve lived with sticky wood dust that coats cars, buildings and lungs in just a few minutes, as well as dangerous heavy truck traffic. While European power plants seek . . . → Read More: Monster Enviva Wood Pellet Plants Invade Northeast NC Communities
By now, everybody in North Carolina knows that one of the largest coal ash spills in history just happened in our state. The leak started on February 2nd at Duke Energy’s retired Dan River Power Station. 140,000 tons of toxic coal sludge spilled into the Dan River, six miles upstream of a water intake facility. From there, the story gets worse. Duke Energy apparently knew so little about their own facility, they thought the broken . . . → Read More: The Dan River Coal Ash Spill: DENR’s Failure to Protect Our Water
Photo: The home of a minority family in Kenansville, North Carolina, situated next to a concentrated animal feeding operation, or CAFO. Dust, odors, and manure from CAFOs can reach nearby residents’ homes, including their laundry. © 2013 Donn Young Photography
General Hog Waste Permit – Hearings November 12, 2013, 7:00pm (registration at 6:30pm) Iredell County Center, 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville, NC
November 14, 2013, 7:00pm (registration at 6:30pm) James Sprunt Community College – Monk Auditorium, 133 James Sprunt . . . → Read More: Swine Waste General Permit Hearings