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Upcoming Events

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March 25, 2pm – 3pm, Chatham Citizens Against Coal Ash Dump (CCACAD) Prayer Vigil.
Buckhorn United Methodist Church, Corinth.

March 26, 9AM-5PM. NC BREATHE Conference on Air Pollution, Human Health & the Value of Clean Air. Downtown Raleigh. Details & registration: http://ncbreatheconference.org.

March 28, "Big Hug Super Saturdays" benefit at Lorettas, Asheville. Local cafe will give 10% of net sales to support CWFNC. Stop by and see us! Details.

April 8, 6-9 p.m., James Warner Citizen Center, Lincolnton. Public hearing on water quality permits for 3 Duke coal-fired power plants. Public comment period will remain open until May 5, 2015. Details.

A clean Pigeon River

The struggle for clean water downstream of Blue Ridge Paper Products’ mill in Canton, NC

The long-polluted Pigeon River, flowing through the heart of Cocke County, hasn’t been “fishable” or “swimmable” for over 100 years, and it’s hopeless as a source of treatable drinking water for downstream communities like Hartford and Newport. As everyone knows in east Tennessee, the source of the pollution is the former Champion pulp and paper mill in Canton, now owned by Evergreen Packaging, which discharges about 25 million gallons of hot, brown wastewater each day to this tiny mountain River. Toxic releases to water are still over 100,000 pounds each year.

Clean Water for NC has currently joined Clean Water Expected in East Tennessee, Cocke County, TN, Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, Tennessee Conservation Voters, Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association, and Western North Carolina Alliance in a legal challenge to the facility’s discharge permit. The case is being handled by Southern Environmental Law Center.