Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Tuesday that the NC Department of Environmental Quality will deny a permit that would allow the discharge of the “GenX” chemical compound into the Cape Fear River. Cooper said the state will seek help from the Centers for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency regarding risk determination involved. The river is the source of drinking water for more than 200,000 people in Pender, Brunswick and New Hanover counties. A public forum is planned for tonight on the issue at… Continue Reading »
Family land, cultural heritage, energy plans, environmental decisions are embroiled in the pending decision regarding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s proposed transmission line in Eastern NC. Reporter Sam Killenberg of the News & Observer spells it out in today’s business article: “Debate Rages as Atlantic Coast Pipeline Nears Construction.”
A lawsuit has been filed in federal court that would have a dramatic effect on election law in the state of North Carolina. According to Raleigh’s News & Observer, Carrboro lawyer Michael Crowell is challenging the new law that recently merged the Elections Board and Ethics Commission in the state (an action that is under additional legal challenge) because the newly constituted board has no provision for unaffiliated voter representation to its membership — in a state with over 2.6 million voters registered as unaffiliated. For… Continue Reading »
The ruling on Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court declaring two North Carolina congressional districts illegal has drawn great attention to the state’s court battles over redistricting as well as voting rights laws. The Carolina Public Press offers an analysis of the court’s action by political writer Kirk Ross: “Expect Supreme Court Ruling to Influence Upcoming Redistricting Cases.”
I lived for 13 years in the state of Vermont, where billboards along roadways are not allowed. There is signage available — discreet but thoroughly visible directional signs along exit approaches that lead you to various businesses or landmarks — but there are no billboards. This form of advertising was banned in 1968 (yes, you read that right) in order to preserve the natural beauty of the landscape in the Green Mountain State. I have always contended that the happy tourists who travel around the… Continue Reading »
In a news bulletin this morning, Raleigh’s News & Observer quotes Gov. Roy Cooper expressing “shock and disappointment” in the meager provision of federal disaster funding for Hurricane Matthew recovery. The paper reports that Cooper has “expressed his dismay” in an appropriation that amounts to $6.1 million, which is less than 1 percent of the state’s request for aid ($900 million). Read the full story here.