Author: Kathryn G

Spotlight: Southern Environmental Law Center

So let’s say you live in Dukeville (a community in Salisbury, NC) and you cannot drink your well water because it has been contaminated with heavy metals from coal ash waste. The NC government is not doing much, other than to say “Don’t Drink Your Water.” The US government is also stalling on forcing Duke Energy to clean up the mess. What can a citizen do if state and federal authorities—charged with enforcing safe drinking water standards or other laws—neglect to do their job?  This is where the power of the judicial branch becomes so important in environmental protection....

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Stop Coal Ash Contamination in North Carolina

For decades “coal ash” (waste left after coal is burned to produce electricity) has been stored in dozens of unlined pits across out state. Clear evidence shows that these pits are leaking into surface and groundwater. Current and future drinking water supplies are “consistently and lastingly contaminated” by toxic heavy metals in this ash. Heavy pressure from industry groups and individual utilities like Duke Energy has delayed meaningful, common sense strategies for managing this waste. Not until 2015 did the EPA establish regulations on the management of coal ash. Trump’s EPA is attempting to undo these important safeguards. How...

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