Have your say in what happens to our forests, water and communities. With MountainTrue, you can join forces with citizens from across the region and your community to:
- Influence public policy to better address development pressures.
- Safeguard the treasures of our public forests, including an array of wildlife, old growth stands, and rare ecosystems.
- Preserve working farms and traditional mountain communities.
- Halt the proliferation of exotic invasive plant species that threaten native ecosystems.
- Expand our ability to rigorously monitor and protect water quality.
Keep checking this page for updates on our campaigns!
Tell your representatives that any wildfire bill should be a clean funding fix, focusing solely on wildfire suppression and prevention where needed, not broadly dismantling forest protections.
It seems like the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) just can’t get it right when it comes to getting Duke Energy fix their polluting coal ash dumps. Time and time again we see the agency fall short of making the progress needed to protect our waterways and communities and the new draft wastewater discharge permit for the Rogers Energy Complex (a.k.a. Cliffside power plant) in Rutherford and Cleveland Counties is no different.
In this edition of the MountainTrue Raleigh Report – It’s OVER! On Friday, legislators adjourned the short session sine die and headed back home – just in time for the Fourth of July holiday. Up until the very end of session, there were a number of important bills still up in the air. Some good things happened and some bad things didn’t. Here’s the rundown on the end of session – and our overall take on what The Honorables did and didn’t do this year.
On the evening of Tuesday, June 28 the North Carolina Senate rushed through a rewrite to H630, the state’s coal ash cleanup law. This bad coal ash bill is quickly making its way through the legislature and we expect the House to take it up as soon as today. Please call your NC Representative Immediately and ask them to NOT CONCUR with the Senate’s version of House Bill 630.
The North Carolina House of Representatives passed SB 71 on Wednesday, May 25 by a vote of 86 to 25 and sent it to the Senate. While this bill contains some good provisions, such as requiring Duke Energy to provide a permanent, clean drinking water supply for some residents living near coal ash pits, overall we believe that risks of SB 71 outweigh its benefits. We are concerned that in the process of revising the state’s coal ash laws, the legislature may provide Duke Energy with an avenue to reclassify many of its coal ash pits and substantially decrease the quality of their clean up, including the number that are required to be excavated rather than simply capped in place. The legislature’s review of SB 71 is ongoing but moving quite quickly. North Carolinians who want to have their voices heard on this important legislation should act now.
North Carolina lawmakers are targeting electronics recycling and energy efficiency requirements in their annual regulatory reform bill HB169. This bill is expected on the Senate floor next week proposing rollbacks on environmental rules, stopping our state’s electronic recycling program and lifting the NC ban on the sale of turtles, just to name a few ill-conceived proposals from the bill.
The Obama Administration is proposing a set of revisions to improve the Regional Haze Rule, a rule under the Clean Air Act that requires the restoration of naturally clean air to national parks and wilderness areas. The new proposal calls for enhancing state accountability for reducing pollution that contributes to national park and wilderness air quality problems, but there are also shortfalls in the proposed revisions that could negatively impact air quality in our parks. The potential of the Regional Haze Rule could be overshadowed by the ability for delayed air clean up and weakening of the EPA to hold states accountable for their air pollution.
If you are a Duke Energy customer in Western North Carolina, MountainTrue wants to help you save money and energy in your home. Whether you are a Duke Energy Progress customer or a Duke Energy Carolinas customer, there are several ways that you can implement energy efficiency upgrades in your home with monetary help from Duke Energy. Do not let your money sail out of the poor insulation in your attic or get flushed away by your old, high water usage toilet. It can be hard to figure out where to start with energy upgrades, so we have created a guide that will help you navigate the different programs that Duke offers.