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Court Rejects North Carolina’s Attempt to Weaken Air Pollution Protections

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Announcement to clean coal ash ponds excludes two of three Cliffside sites

On June 25, Duke Energy announced plans to excavate and close 12 additional coal ash ponds across the state. Duke Energy’s announcement does not impact its Asheville site, where all the ash is already mandated to be moved, but it does include excavation of one of the three coal ash ponds at the Cliffside power plant in Rutherford County. We know that all three ponds are leaching contaminants into the groundwater and the river so, while it is a step forward that Duke is committing to excavate ash in one of those ponds, we believe they can and should do better. They have not yet decided what to do with the coal ash in the other ponds, nor has the state mandated a cleanup strategy there. With this announcement, Duke has now committed to excavate coal ash at 7 of 14 sites (20 of 32 ash ponds) in NC. Again, while this is a good step, seven communities across the state still don’t know the extent to which they will be protected from ongoing coal ash contamination going forward. We will press on with our litigation in the Cliffside case until we reach a resolution that will protect the people of that region and the Broad...

BREAKING: Asheville coal plant retirement signals end to coal ash pollution

ABOUT History & Impact Board of Directors Staff Regional Offices Annual Reports Internships & Jobs PROGRAMS Healthy Communities Smart Growth Coalition Team Terra Resilient Forests Invasive Species Forest Task Force Clean Waters French Broad Riverkeeper Muddy Water Watch Bacteria Monitoring Point Source Monitoring Pharmaceutical Waste Hazardous Waste Coal Ash French Broad River Paddle Trail℠ French Broad River Paddle Trail℠ Campsites French Broad River Paddle Trail℠ Reservations Trip Suggestions FAQ Links Rules Clean Water Team Green Energy Asheville Beyond Coal Recycling & Solid Waste Team WNC Climate Listening Project Creation Care Alliance of WNC NEWS MountainTrue Raleigh Report Sign Up for MountainTrue Newsletter TAKE ACTION Become a Member Donate Corporate Sponsorships Volunteer Events French Broad Float Asheville Green Drinks Join Our Friends Transition Asheville Asheville on Bikes Shop DONATE Giving Options Corporate Sponsorships BREAKING: Asheville coal plant retirement signals end to coal ash pollution   Continued Reliance on Fossil Fuels Troubling to the Region Asheville, NC – In an announcement today, Duke Energy revealed a proposal to retire the Asheville Plant, a 414 MW nameplate capacity (376 MW operating capacity) coal-fired power plant located near Asheville, North Carolina. The announcement includes plans to replace coal-fired power at the plant with new, larger gas fired generation options. Additionally, Duke has committed to building a solar farm on the site of coal ash ponds near the plant. Today’s announcement marks the 190th coal plant announced for retirement since the beginning of the Beyond Coal campaign. In Response to Today’s Announcement MountainTrue, Sierra Club, Southern Environmental Law Center and Waterkeeper Alliance issued the following joint statement: “For the last three years the Asheville Beyond Coal Campaign...

MSNBC: Duke Energy admits guilt in coal ash case

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MountainTrue board chairman goes to D.C., advocates for the environment

ABOUT History & Impact Board of Directors Staff Regional Offices Annual Reports Internships & Jobs PROGRAMS Healthy Communities Smart Growth Coalition Team Terra Resilient Forests Invasive Species Forest Task Force Clean Waters French Broad Riverkeeper Muddy Water Watch Bacteria Monitoring Point Source Monitoring Pharmaceutical Waste Hazardous Waste Coal Ash French Broad River Paddle Trail℠ French Broad River Paddle Trail℠ Campsites French Broad River Paddle Trail℠ Reservations Trip Suggestions FAQ Links Rules Clean Water Team Green Energy Asheville Beyond Coal Recycling & Solid Waste Team WNC Climate Listening Project Creation Care Alliance of WNC NEWS MountainTrue Raleigh Report Sign Up for MountainTrue Newsletter TAKE ACTION Become a Member Donate Corporate Sponsorships Volunteer Events French Broad Float Asheville Green Drinks Join Our Friends Transition Asheville Asheville on Bikes Shop DONATE Giving Options Corporate Sponsorships   MountainTrue board chairman goes to D.C., advocates for the environment During the last week of April, MountainTrue Board Chairman Peter Krull was in Washington, D.C., advocating for a number of environmental and climate change policies. The trip was sponsored by E2, Environmental Entrepreneurs, which is part of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). MountainTrue has worked with E2 in the past to get entrepreneurs more involved with environmental policy. While in D.C., Peter and his team met with members of the administration, including the Undersecretaries of Transportation and Agriculture, and the President’s Council on Environmental Quality. They also had meetings with nine Senate offices, including staff from North Carolina Sens. Tillis and Burr. They met with five House offices, including staff from Rep. Mark Meadows’ office. Peter’s group had multiple objectives for their meetings: — To demonstrate...

5/13: Rally for Racial & Environmental Justice

Join us from 11 a.m – 1 p.m. May 13 on Halifax Mall in Raleigh to call for the state of North Carolina to take urgent action to help communities living with pollution and impacts from industrial swine and poultry production. Most North Carolina residents, except those living in “hog country” and near poultry operations, are unaware of how much environmental damage and human pain and suffering industrial meat production inflicts on people and their environment. For too long, industrial meat operations in North Carolina and across the country have been disproportionately located in communities of color where residents are forced to endure the smell, water quality impacts and the embarrassment associated with the facilities operating near their homes. Meanwhile, State officials have turned a blind eye to the impacts on local communities while catering to the interests of multinational corporations that dictate industry practices. This past September, Waterkeeper Alliance, North Carolina Environmental Justice Network and Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help, represented by Earthjustice and the University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights, filed a complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Rights alleging that lax regulation of hog waste disposal by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) discriminates against minority communities in eastern North Carolina. And in February, the U.S. EPA determined that an investigation is warranted. Esteemed leaders of the environmental and civil rights movements will gather in downtown Raleigh to urge the State of North Carolina to take much-needed action to set things right and call on citizens to demand clean water and healthy air for ALL communities....

Western North Carolina is blessed with more than 1.5 million acres of public land, including Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway and several state-owned parks, forests and natural areas. These public lands support the headwaters of our rivers, beautiful mountain vistas, one of the most diverse temperate forests on the planet, and a thriving economy in tourism, crafts and recreation.
During its 30-year history, WNCA (now MountainTrue) has twice prevented logging in the Asheville Watershed, first in 1990 and again in 2004. Eventually the City of Asheville placed a conservation easement over 17,356 acres of the watershed.