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Environmental Questions Grow Over “GenX”

As reported October 5 by Steve DeVane in the Fayetteville Observer, tests are to be expanded in the area of the Bladen County Chemours facility where high levels of “GenX” (used to make nonstick coatings on cookware) have been discovered. According to the article, around 150 people attended a meeting Thursday with Sheila Holman, assistant secretary of the NC Department of Environmental Quality, to discuss questions concerning the chemical release and its potential effects. Meanwhile, in Raleigh, the NC General Assembly overrode Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of HB-56,…   Continue Reading »

Governor Announces GenX Discharge Action; Forum Set for Tonight

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 »

Eastern NC Versus the Atlantic Coast

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.”

Quote of the Week: “So anti-regulation they’d like to take the yellow lines off the highways.”

Environmental attitudes in the NC General Assembly’s short session produced this memorable quote in a July 16 editorial in The News & Observer, concerning regulation of development upstream from Jordan Lake and Falls Lake. Laying blame at the feet of Senate Republicans for attempting to block stringent regulation, the opinion piece noted that at times the Senate Republicans “seem so anti-regulation they’d like to take the yellow lines off the highways.”  On the other side of the regulatory battle, Matt Starr (Upper Neuse river-keeper) was quoted: “We are in…   Continue Reading »

Following A Deep Passion: Working for Justice

Ericka Faircloth (right) with Ellen Redshirt, who was the first American Indian graduate of UNC-Greensboro more than 50 years ago.  The following story is a personal account of working with North Carolina communities for environmental justice, as told by Native American Ericka Faircloth. Working for Justice My name is Ericka Faircloth and I’ve been the Energy and Water Justice Organizer in Clean Water for NC’s Durham office since December 2014. Before I joined the staff, I was finishing up my biology degree at UNC-Greensboro, serving as the…   Continue Reading »

Opinion: Hazardous Legislation Looming

Once upon a time there was a 207-word bill that was entered into the North Carolina legislative maw on April 14, 2015. Its short title was “Environmental Technical Corrections.” Its purpose was to amend G.S. 20-116 to keep certain vehicles hauling rock, stone, gravel, sand, or similar substances that could “fall, blow, leak, or sift,” from moving on public highways unless the load met certain criteria and was securely covered. On Monday, a 58-page “Conference Report for H765” that has replaced that small and sensible…   Continue Reading »

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